Activist Sisters



Curator's Notes:

Umi credits Allah for connecting her with “activist sisters” when she became Muslim. This was critical for her development as a Muslim because it gave her, a single woman with an activist background, a cohort of women to build with; women who also firmly believed Islam provided ethical spiritual and practical means to advance justice for themselves, their families and their people. While these women would not, at least at the time, call themselves feminists, they organized and mobilized as women in ways similar to their Black feminist peers. Likewise, in contrast to today’s obsession with the silent oppressed Muslim woman, their activities demonstrate a belief as Muslims that women have the capacity and the responsibility to lead alongside men.

Aliyah Abdul-Karim
  • Aliyah Abdul-Karim
  • Masjid At-Taqwa, Brooklyn
  • circa 1983
  • open
M.E.A.R.C.
  • M.E.A.R.C.
  • New York, NY
  • September 1976
  • open
Dawah Luncheon
  • Dawah Luncheon
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • March 1978
  • open
Sister's Gathering
  • Sister's Gathering
  • New York
  • 1970s
  • open
Women In Islam
  • "Women In Islam"
  • New York City
  • 1970s
  • open
Many Splendid Dimensions of the Muslim Woman
  • Many Splendid Dimensions of the Muslim Woman
  • New York
  • 1970s
  • open
Women's Seminar I: These are the Last Days and Times
  • Women's Seminar I: These are the Last Days and Times
  • New York City
  • 1970s
  • open
From Kareemah in Kano
  • From Kareemah in Kano
  • Kano, Nigeria
  • 1980
  • open
Trinity Trick and the Double Cross
  • Trinity Trick and the Double Cross
  • New York City
  • 1970s
  • open
Curriculum Outline
  • Curriculum Outline
  • New York City
  • 1970s
  • open
A Request
  • A Request
  • New York
  •  
  • open
Something to Ponder
  • Something to Ponder
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • April 1981
  • open
Sisters in Brooklyn
  • Sisters in Brooklyn
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • December 1985
  • open
Dr. Betty Shabazz
  • Dr. Betty Shabazz
  • New York City
  • 1997
  • open
Sisters in Queens
  • Sisters in Queens
  • Jamaica, NY
  • 2000s
  • open
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