The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program hosts its Fourth Annual Conference on April 7 & 8 and is entitled â€œExpressions of Islam in Contemporary African-American Communities.â€ Speakers will explore and highlight the varied experiences of African American Muslims in the United States. The conference will not only showcase research on African American Muslims by leading academics, but will also feature contemporary artists and community activists who speak directly to the subject through their work.
Panels include talks on African-American converts to Shia Islam (minorities within minorities), Role of Hip Hop and â€œMuslim Cool,â€
Leadership and Community Activism and relationship between/among African-American Muslims and African Muslim immigrants. There is also a short film, The Wayward Son.
The conference is sponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University, the W.E.B. Dubois Institute at Harvard and the Department of African American Studies and is free and open to the public.
For a conference schedule, information about the speakers and other information, please see the conference website at http://harvardafricanamericanmuslims.wordpress.com/