Muslim American Heritage

by Muslim American Leadership Alliance
Muslim American Heritage
Muslim American Heritage
Muslim American Heritage
Muslim American Heritage
Muslim American Heritage
Muslim American Heritage
Muslim American Heritage
Muslim American Heritage

Project Report | Aug 31, 2023
Celebrating Muslim American Heritage

By Muslim American Leadership Alliance | Project Leader

As a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, MALA launched “Muslim American Heritage” as an effort to promote diversity, inclusion, and address various topics that are impacting our community. The Muslim American Heritage Celebration was created to help promote public appreciation of “Muslim-Americana” – the diverse contributions Muslims have made to our nation’s culture and progress.

The program provides resources for schools, civic groups, congregations, and even individual families to celebrate the accomplishments of Americans of Muslim heritage and the fundamental freedoms that have enabled us to thrive. Muslim American Heritage is an observance to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals through (1) arts and music festivals, (2) salon-type events addressing human rights, (3) various awards and scholarship contests for Muslim American youth (4) screenings of films by and/or featuring Muslim Americans, and (5) creating a digital library of Muslim American heritage stories.

We welcome you to join us in establishing a national observance in January to honor the anniversary of the death of Yarrow Mamout, an African American Muslim former slave featured the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Captured in a West African slave raid, Mamout overcame great adversity, ultimately purchasing his own freedom and became a famous Washington financier. (The Philadelphia Art Museum has a portrait of Mamout by Charles Peale, who painted George Washington and Ben Franklin.) The national observance spotlights Muslims embracing freedom to pursue the American Dream and celebrates Muslim contributions to American society. 

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Muslim American Leadership Alliance

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @MALAnational
Project Leader:
Zainab Khan
Chicago , IL United States
$12,735 raised of $50,000 goal
96 donations
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