Islamic Awareness Week at Harvard Draws Connections to African Americans

March 1, 2005

Source: The Harvard Crimson

On March 1, 2005 The Harvard Crimson reported, "about 40 students turned out last night for the kickoff event of Islamic Awareness Week—a structured discourse called 'Islam, Hip-Hop and Black America,' featuring two speakers who discussed the relationship between modern Islam and the African-American community. The event was co-sponsored by the Harvard Islamic Society, the Harvard Foundation, the Black Students Association, the Association of Black Harvard Women, and the Black Men’s Forum. Adisa Banjoko, a provocative hip-hop journalist and author of Lyrical Swords, gave a 45-minute speech about Islamic influence on hip-hop cultures."