To learn more the article suggests the following books:
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (also in a young readers form)
Before the Mayflower: A History of the Negro in America 1619-1962 by Lerone Bennett
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
There is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America by Vincent Harding
(And then check out another event that has also been overlooked in our history – the largest massacre of African American people that took place in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, also known as Black Wall Street, in 1921).
Minneapolis police officers marked Memorial Day by suffocating to death an utterly subdued black man named George Floyd as he pleaded for the right to breathe. They snuffed out his life with a knee on his neck. They killed him in broad daylight. They killed him while contemptuously mocking helpless bystanders pleading for mercy. Several Muslim organizations have their condemnation of the racial injustice plaguing our country. The Islamic Society of Augusta (ISA), on behalf of our members and Muslims in the CSRA, utterly condemn this blatant act of murder. We call for the swift prosecution of the four officers who participated in the murder.
Finding Value in the Faith of Others Online event sponsored by the Interfaith Fellowship of Augusta The topic is a step beyond tolerance, which, while worthwhile, is still limiting. Being open to discovering values in the faith traditions of others can enrich one’s own tradition — permitting growth and discovery which transcends the normal tendency to only see what’s been seen before. The presenters at this event will articulate the values (not common theology) they see in the traditions of others that augment their own practice. That’s the idea behind Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, Holy Envy. It’s not easy. These presenters are up to the task.
The Fiqh Council of North America has announced that Eid El-Fitr will be Sunday May 24, 2020, insha’Allah. The Fiqh Council encourages that Muslims pray El-Eid in their homes with their own families. The Islamic Society of Augusta (ISA) encourages all CSRA area Muslims to celebrate Eid by dressing up, exchanging gifts, and praying Eid, at home, at 9:45 am. A Zoom meeting for the entire community will follow, at 10:00 sharp, to hear a reminder from Imam Jawad. It will be an opportunity for ISA members to celebrate together while maintaining social distancing to protect the community from the spread of the coronavirus. The link for the Zoom meeting will be posted. After the Imam’s reminder, the remainder of the Zoom meeting can be used by community members to socialize, suggestion include kids sing a nasheed or recite a poem.