Masjid Bilal Observes International Women’s Day


Today, I had the pleasure of spending International Women’s Day with the members and friends of Cleveland’s Masjid Bilal congregation.  In addition to my presentation on the Praying Grounds Oral History Project, the program included dinner and a jazz performance by the Glenn Holmes Trio and vocalist Evelyn Wright.

Kim Scott

Kim Scott, Praying Grounds Oral History Interviewee






It was wonderful to share highlights from some of the oral history narratives for Muslims in our collection, including those for Kim Scott and Osman Ali.  In closing out my tribute to women, I invited program participants to join me in celebrating the genius of writer Margaret Walker Alexander, author of For My People and numerous other works.

Margaret Walker Alexander

Margaret Walker Alexander, 1915-1998






“For my people everywhere singing their slave songs repeatedly: their dirges and their ditties and their blues and jubilees, praying their prayers nightly to an unknown god, bending their knees humbly to an unseen power. . .”












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