Oral History Interview with Jermaine Carey on February 13, 2021

Oral History Interview with Jermaine Carey on February 13, 2021



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Carey, Jermaine


Siddiq, Naimah; Perkins, Dr. Alisa (Research Director)


Oral history interview with Jermaine Carey conducted by Naimah Siddiq on February 13, 2021. Interview written by Dr. Alisa Perkins (Research Director) and Naimah Siddiq. Jermaine Carey was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 5, 1980 into a Muslim family. His father, who was also born in Detroit, was an Assistant Minister in the Nation of Islam’s Temple No. 8 in Highland Park under Minister John Muhammad. Carey’s mother also played an active role in building and supporting the local Muslim community. As a child growing up in East Detroit, Carey enrolled in the NOI’s Fruit of Islam (FOI) training and attended Islamic parochial school at Masjid Al-Nur for part of his education. Growing up, he and his family attended a range of mosques in the area including Muhammad Mosque #1, Al-Ikhlas Islamic Center, the Muslim Center Mosque and Community Center, Masjid Al-Haqq, and Masjid Al-Nur. As an adult, Carey has continued his parents’ legacy of leadership and involvement in the Muslim community. He plays an active role in mentoring Muslim youth and has served as the coordinator/director for the mosque-based Youth Leadership Initiative. Notably, Carey leads an ongoing initiative to supply resources to those affected by the Flint water crisis. In coordination with the Muslim community, he annually raises funds for, and delivers bottled water to Flint residents in need. As a member of the Ansar Collective, Carey works in concert with other Muslim male leaders who coordinate local grassroots activism, help educate the community, and bring people together. Carey is one of the founders of a podcast called “Good Vibes with the Good Brothers.” Through this podcast, Carey and the other hosts highlight Black Muslim experiences by inviting prominent artists, activists, scholars, and leaders affiliated with the Black Muslim community to engage in dialogue about their work. In particular, the podcast also allows Carey to spread knowledge about the contributions of local Muslims to Detroit’s hip-hop culture, a topic which this interview addresses in depth. In the interview, Carey discusses the meaning and importance that serving the Muslim community has held for him over the course of his life, his continued devotion to mentoring Muslim youth, and his hopes that the younger generation of young Muslims will become increasingly involved in building and maintaining the community.

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Detroit, MI (Muslim Center Mosque and Community Center)


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African American Studies | Africana Studies | American Studies | Civic and Community Engagement | Digital Humanities | Inequality and Stratification | Islamic Studies | Nonprofit Administration and Management | Politics and Social Change | Race and Ethnicity | Religion | Urban Studies and Planning


Interview conducted by Naimah Siddiq at the Muslim Center Mosque and Community Center. Interview written by Dr. Alisa Perkins (Research Director) and Naimah Siddiq. Interview recorded under the direction of Supervising Producer Malikah Shabazz and Assistant Supervisor Abdul-Zahir Sadid. Videography by Zayd Walid. Video Edited by: Zola Crow. Transcribed by: Zarin Farooq. Transcription edited by: Dr. Alisa Perkins. Metadata prepared by: Melissa Paduk. Metadata edited by: Dr. Alisa Perkins and Sophia Wimberley.



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Oral History Interview with Jermaine Carey on February 13, 2021