In the UK, Black History Month is marked in October with increased attention being paid to Black achievements, events, and historical and contemporary personalities.
But what does Black History Month 2020 have to do with Muslims?
Quite a lot, as it turns out.
This summer’s BLM protests against police brutality and racism, in general, shone a light on the experiences of Black people worldwide, including those of Black Muslims.
The ensuing media attention led to honest and, sometimes, uncomfortable conversations about racism and anti-blackness within the Muslim community itself.
All these events have culminated in what is to be a truly historic event: the launch of the first online Black Muslim Festival on the 2nd of October 2020, lasting for 4 weeks of Black History Month (UK).
There are so many reasons why you should get your tickets for this event right now. But we’ll share three for now!
1. Just look at the line-up!
Award-winning author and speaker, Na’ima B. Robert, has dedicated her community-building skills to putting together a month-long online programme featuring 40+ of the Ummah’s greatest Black Muslim scholars, academics, historians, creatives, writers, activists, professionals, and entrepreneurs.
This event features individuals such as Maryam Lemu, Imaam Shadeed Muhammad, LaYinka Sanni, The Village Auntie, Shiekh Abdullah Hakeem Quick, and Boonaa Mohammed, just to name a few!
2. This is not just a space for Black Muslims
This is a safe space for Black Muslims to discuss their experiences.
But this much-needed and revolutionary event is also a place of learning, development, and community for non-black Muslims. It is for those who want to learn more about the Black Muslim experience, ask questions, and find solutions.
3. We can now do more than just write #BlackLivesMatter
This event allows you to not just take away implementable advice but also to support black historians, creatives, and businesses.
This event features the work of the well-known historian, Mustafa Briggs as well as a virtual marketplace for black-owned businesses.
This is a chance for real and revolutionary transformation and progressive movement forwards.
To get your tickets, check out the Black Muslim Festival website.