Oral History Interview with Sameerah Saadiq on March 27, 2021


Oral History Interview with Sameerah Saadiq on March 27, 2021



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Saadiq, Sameerah


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


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Detroit, MI (Muslim Center Mosque and Community Center)

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Detroit, MI (Muslim Center Mosque and Community Center)


Imam Luqman Abdullah, Adhan, African-American history, African-American Muslims, Imam Nadir Ahmad, Al-Ikhlas Training Academy (ATA), Al-Wali Child Care Center, Assassination of Imam Luqman Abdullah, Author, Autonomy, "Ballot or the Bullet", Baptist Christianity, Black children's education, Black culture, Black Muslim culture, Black Muslims, Black Panther Party, Black Southern culture, Blackness, Book writing, Campus Martius, Celebrating Blackness, Christmas holidays, Church choir, Colorism, Columbus, Community Banking Plan (CBP), Community building, Community gathering, Conversion to Islam, COVID-19 pandemic, COVID-19 shutdown, Mark Crain, Creative writing, Cultural specificity, Culturally-specific foods, Dawah, Day of Dignity, Dr. Joy Degruy, Detroit, Doss High School, Dream of Detroit, Early childhood education, Early Childhood Education degree, Early Head Start Program, Early motherhood, Eid, Dr. Cheryl El-Amin, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Entrepreneurship, Eviction, Family, Family-oriented schooling, Father's influence, Food distribution, Friday prayer, Georgia, The Great Migration, Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), Health fairs, Henry Ford Community College, HighScope Educational Research Foundation, Hijab, Honoring ancestors, Hustling, Inter-racial families, Intergenerational relations, Islam, Islam in America, Islamic American University, Islamic burial, Islamic dress, Islamic education, Islamic ethics, Islamic parochial school, Islamic Relief and Development, Janaza, Kentucky, Kinship, Kufi, Literacy, Lord & Taylor, Louisville, Marginalization, Marriage, Masjid Al-Aqaba, Masjid Al-Haqq, Media representation of Black Muslims, Michigan, Minoritization, Mosque building, Motherhood, Motivational speaker, Multi-ethnic Muslim community, Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim Americans, Muslim call to prayer, Muslim Center Mosque and Community Center, Muslim community, Muslim dress, Muslim holidays, Muslim prayer cap, Muslim women's education, Muslim women's gathering, Muslimah University, Muslims, Neighborhood revitalization, Parenting, Perry Preschool Project, Philanthropy, Police escort for Eid Cruise, Quarantine, Racism, Ramadan, Religious leadership, Retail sales, Reversion to Islam, Imam Mika'il Stewart Saadiq, Self-expression, Shahada, Single motherhood, Singlehood, Sisterhood in Islam, Soup kitchen, Southfield, Subculture, Sunni Muslim, Teacher in parochial school, Thobes, Vending, Volunteering, Wife of Imam, Woodward Dream Cruise, Woodward Eid Cruise, Malcolm X, Zakir Foundation, Catherine Ziyad


African American Studies | Africana Studies | American Studies | Community-Based Learning | Community-Based Research | Digital Humanities | Early Childhood Education | Ethics in Religion | Islamic Studies | Nonprofit Administration and Management | Politics and Social Change | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Religion | Social Justice | Urban Studies and Planning | Women's History


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: Brooklynne Bates. Transcribed by: Sara Faraj. Transcription edited by: Dr. Alisa Perkins. Metadata prepared by: Dr. Alisa Perkins. Metadata edited by: Dr. Alisa Perkins and Sophia Wimberley.



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Oral History Interview with Sameerah Saadiq on March 27, 2021