Curator's Notes:

The items in this exhibition are primarily from the mid to late 1970s when Umi was a new Muslim on a mission to build a new social reality. In the wake of Civil Rights and Black Power, the items in these collections carry the revolutionary movement energy of the time that many Black converts in the United States brought with them into Islam. Race, religion and gender are central in these collections. My selections are inspired by Sylvia Chan-Malik’s concept of “affective insurgency” in which “the embodiment of [Black] Muslim womanhood is a form of unruly,” yet righteous “rebellion” against white supremacy with Islam as their “safe harbor.” Their spirituality is embodied — it is expressed through the earnest repetition of prayers and radical study and unceasing movement building. It is fiercely committed to both achieving justice and spiritual salvation.

State Street
  • State Street
  • New Yorkopen
Du'a Qunut
  • Dr. Dunya
  • Jamaica, NYopen
Quaranic Studies
  • Study
  • Various Locationsopen
Activist Sisters
  • Activist Sisters
  • New Yorkopen
Sahabi'yat Vol. 1 No.1
  • Media
  • New Yorkopen
The Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada
  • #BlackInMSA
  • New Yorkopen
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