A History of Muslims in America

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Date(s) - September 29, 2022
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


A History of Muslims in America 

Most Americans are unaware that Muslims have been part of the history of the Americas from the time of the earliest European explorations and perhaps even earlier. The speaker will open with the long history of Muslims in the United States, including references to Muslims by the Founding Fathers, possible pre-Columbian contacts between Muslim Africans and the New World, and the substantial, documented presence of Muslims among enslaved Africans.

They will then review  the successive waves of immigration that brought Muslims to our country from the 19th century on and address the rediscovery of Islam among African Americans in the 20th century, Muslim contributions to and influences on the US in fields ranging from architecture and philosophy to literature and music, and conclude by highlighting notable Muslim Americans in various walks of life, including politicians, journalists, athletes, celebrities, musicians, physicians, and educators.

Audiences will gain an appreciation for the part that Muslims have played and continue to play in US history from the nation’s founding through the present.

Throughout the presentation the speaker will entertain questions and have a discussion with the audience.

Speaker: Zachary Markwith (bio)

If you are interested in attending this event, please email ING’s Education Director Zachary Markwith at [email protected].