Black History Month (BHM) is an annual program originating from 1926, celebrated by Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
During BHM, Black American Muslims engage in numerous events and campaigns to celebrate the legacies and traditions comprising the African American culture, in which they are intrinsically interwoven.
This month, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative launched a fundraising campaign to help fund scholarships for Black Muslim anti-Racism leaders in 2022 American Muslim Anti-Racism Leadership (AMAL) program.
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“Today’s leaders are making history. We should know their contributions and the power of their work and the movements they are part of. We must support emerging leaders who can teach the legacy of the Black Freedom Struggle and help us Co-Create a Just Future for us all,” Muslim-ARC wrote on Launchgood.
“Our AMAL fellows passionate about building upon the efforts of all those who came before and contributing to the collective work to heal our communities.”
Black History Month is no regular month. It is a celebration of our values. It is an acknowledgment of our power and contribution. Education is the key to liberation.
Donate $30 to our BHM Crowdfund https://t.co/fvDEroXuCs https://t.co/dUIC4H1x0I
— MuslimARC (@MuslimARC) February 1, 2022
The campaign aims to raise $5000. Till the time of writing, the campaign has raised more than $800.
“Your support will help us deploy our American Muslim Anti-Racism Leadership (AMAL) fellows and engage more institutions in deep systems change this year,” the group added.
MuslimARC is a racial justice education organization with a vision that focuses on education and liberation.
The organization works to create spaces for learning and developing racial equity, connect people across multi-ethnic networks, and cultivate solutions for racial equity.
According to the Pew Research Center, black Muslims make up a fifth of US Muslims.
African American Muslim history extends from the enslavement of Muslim Africans and into the Twentieth-Century Black Muslim Movement.
White Christian slaveowners stripped African Muslims of their faith and forced mass conversions. During the Black Muslim Movement, numerous African Americans reembraced the religion of their forefathers.