NWMI invites you to the third installment of our social justice series on the intersection of Islam, race, and Black Lives Matter (BLM) that we began last Arba'een. As we remember the legacy of Imam Hussain (as), who put faith into action to stand against the brutality, intolerance, and hypocrisy of his time, we can see clear parallels with our own modern-day struggles. So, what does that mean for us in daily life? How do we regard race and racism in the context of tackling contemporary social justice issues?
This year, our panel of experts from both academic and activist perspectives will offer practical ways in which we can take action as a community to tackle the social injustices and political framework issues facing society today. Panelists include:
Kerrien Suarez, Equity in the Center
Elijah Wheeler, Collaboration Council
Hawk Newsome, Black Lives Matter of Greater New York
Tariq Toure, Muslim artist, activist, and poet
This event is for ages 16 and above. A separate children's program will NOT be provided for this event.
Registration is required for this event. Space is limited. If you do not register, you will not be able to attend this program.
Dinner will be provided during this event.
Kerrien Suarez is director of Equity in the Center, a field-wide initiative to influence social sector leaders to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to achieve racial equity. A project of ProInspire, EiC envisions a future where nonprofit and philanthropic organizations advance race equity internally while centering it in their work externally. It recently published Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture, which details management and operational levers that organizations utilize to shift towards race equity. A management consultant with 20 years of experience, Kerrien’s focus on diversity, inclusion, and equity developed through the support of emerging leaders of color in education reform, early childhood education policy and social impact.
Elijah Wheeler serves as both the Deputy Director and Social Justice Director of the Montgomery County (MD.) Collaboration Council. In his role as Social Justice Director, he is charged with working alongside County partners to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of people of color who interact with various systems and agencies. He has worked on a number of issues including reducing disproportionate minority contact for youth of color who come into contact with the juvenile justice system and policies to spur the reduction of the school to prison pipeline. Elijah also serves in the role as chair for Montgomery County's My Brother's Keeper initiative.
Hawk Newsome is an activist at the forefront of the New Civil Rights Movement and former County Committee Member of New York’s District 79. He has dedicated his adult life to the betterment of his community & our nation as a whole. The Bronx native was raised in a devout Christian household. As a youth, Hawk succumbed to the temptations of his environment and dropped out of high school. With the love and support of his family, mentors and athletic ability he was able to push forward and obtain a GED, Bachelors of Science, and law degree.
Tariq Touré an award-winning Writer from West, Baltimore, Maryland. Touré's poetry and prose cover Social justice, Black Muslim Narratives, Arts and Current events. Among publications that have featured his work is Muslim Matters, Salon, Washington Post, and HBCU Buzz. Black Seeds, Toure's debut collection of poetry is ranked in the top 500 in African American Poetry and Literature on Amazon and the winner of Best Poetry Book of Baltimore in 2016 by City Paper Magazine.