THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE PRESENTS A DISCUSSION ON THE ROLE OF BLACK MUSLIMS IN UPPER MANHATTAN
As part of its newly-opened exhibition, The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine will welcome two participants in the Muslims for American Progress (MAP) NYC project of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), actor Hisham Tawfik and fashion designer Najmah Abraham, in conversation with scholar Elisabeth Becker, at The Neighborhood as Sanctuary: The Role of Black Muslims and Making of Upper Manhattan on Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street).
The ISPU conducts objective, solution-seeking research that empowers American Muslims to develop their community and fully contribute to democracy and pluralism in the United States. Muslims for American Progress (MAP), a project of the ISPU, educates the public by providing a much-needed, evidence-based portrait of a deeply misunderstood community. Through human stories and hard facts, MAP quantifies Muslim contributions in Michigan and New York City. In honor of Black History Month, this discussion will take a special look at the important contributions of Black Muslims in the making of Upper Manhattan.
It is commonly said that we fear what we don’t understand. Living up to American ideals requires everyone to understand their neighbors, their colleagues, and their friends despite their diverse backgrounds. Yet in recent years, Muslims in America have rarely been portrayed as nuanced and complex human beings, and most Americans say they don’t know a Muslim.
This event is presented in conjunction with The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls and the Harlem Renaissance 100 community celebration. The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls is a Cathedral-wide exhibition, on view through June 30, which explores the question of sanctuary through the work of modern and contemporary artists. Using the Cathedral’s sacred space as a canvas, these works illuminate the intersections between spiritual and social identity, and the ways in which personhood and community cohesion speak to and are formed by notions of dignity, inclusion, and exclusion.