The American Pilgrimage Project

Conversations on Race and Islamophobia

September 25, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

The American Pilgrimage Project (APP), a university partnership with StoryCorps, invites Americans of diverse backgrounds to sit together and talk to each other one-to-one about the role their religious beliefs have played at crucial moments in their lives. As the project launched its new website, we convened participants for a live event in which they considered the issues they discussed in their StoryCorps conversations and pointed them toward the present.

In a conversation at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, divinity school students Chandra Crane and KeNosha Whitehead discussed their struggles with Christian faith and racial identity. Now the two friends revisited the topic in light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests of summer 2020. At Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, Afif Latif and Hamzah Latif—brother and sister, both observant Muslims—reflected on their encounters with Islamophobia in the period after the 9/11 attacks. In this live event, they revisited the issue of Islamophobia and spoke about the experience of being American Muslims in 2020. The event built upon a January 2017 APP event, “Faith and Race: True Stories from Everyday Life.” Paul Elie, Berkley Center senior fellow and director of the American Pilgrimage Project, moderated the discussion.

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