#BlackMuslimRamadan: A Digital Journey Celebrating the Rich Legacy of Black Islam
On Wednesday, July 8, I launched a Twitter campaign designed to highlight the rich legacy and experiences of Black Muslim life and culture in the month of Ramadan. Motivated by both the general absence of representations of Black Muslim life in mainstream media, as well as the recent deadly attacks on black sacred spaces in Charleston, SC and across the south–this hashtag campaign was conceived as a political statement and a celebration of Black Islam and Black sacred traditions.
I asked participants to respond via tweets using the hashtag #BlackMuslimRamadan in a variety of ways, with photos, stories, videos, songs, recipes, etc.–showcasing the history and diversity of Ramadan celebrations in the black diaspora. While beginning with Black Muslim life in the U.S., and premised on the fact that Black Muslims are at the very foundation of the American Muslim community and American history more broadly–the conversation encompassed diasporic expressions of Muslims of African descent throughout the world.
Thousands of participants from across the globe chimed in and responded with enthusiasm. The result is a rich, brilliant display of Black sacred culture–which can be accessed on Twitter and other social media platforms simply by doing a search under the #BlackMuslimRamadan hashtag. In addition, the campaign drew the attention of major media outlets such as Huffington Post, NBC News, and Religion News Service.