MALA is off to a running-start in 2021, and poised to collect more stories than ever. Thanks to the generous funding of our partners and supporters, we have been able to set ambitious goals for the Muslim American Journeys project this year, both increasing the volume of stories we collect, and expanding the diversity of the project as a whole.
In 2021, MALA is placing a special focus on recording and curating oral histories from Muslim Americans belonging to Black and LGBTQIA+ communities. These individuals and the communities they belong to have long been marginalized and subject to discrimination in the United States--we feel it is our responsibility, as an inclusive and compassionate platform, to share the stories of these communities in hopes that we may help to build stronger compassion, resiliency, and understanding around the experiences and obstacles facing them.
This new focus represents MALA's continued resolve to innovate in the field of oral history and storytelling. We remain resolute in finding new ways to share and engage with the struggles, triumphs, and nuances of American identity and the countless cultures, stories, and perspectives that contribute to our social fabric.
When you support MALA, you support our efforts to share these perspectives--you contribute directly to the representation and agency of marginalized communities across the country. We are so grateful for your support and insight as we continue this journey together!