Modesty: Two Perspectives

  • Bloomington, IN
    Brooklyn, NY
  • 1976/1991/2013

Audio from 1976 MSA conference and 2013 oral history interview with Umi’s dear friend Jameela Jalal Uddin. Photo is from a 1991/1992 community gathering at Aliyah Abdul-Kareem’s home.

Notes: When she first became Muslim Umi described, “...we were encouraged at the time not to wear flashy colors, my mother actually thought I was depressed because all I wore was beige, brown, navy blue, blue grey…” This teaching, likely something that she received at an MSA workshop like the one from this video, was ultimately rejected by Umi and her cohort of Black Muslim women who believed in modesty and also in color.