IL: WHERE HERITAGE AND HIP-HOP MEET
Along the grass-lined streets of Marquette Park, women strolled in colorful hijabs, Islamic head scarves, with teens in miniskirts and tank-tops.
Religious scholars gathered in white tents to discuss Islam, just a short walk from a stage where rappers spat socially conscious lyrics to a crowd of head-nodding youths.
Thousands gathered Sunday as part of “Takin’ It to the Streets,” a festival to show the diversity of young Muslim America and engage society in an effort to improve their communities and show solidarity among all races and cultures.
Organized by the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, “Streets” is one of the largest community festivals in Chicago. IMAN says is the only event of its kind in the nation put together by Muslim Americans.
The event, the sixth in 10 years, is unique in that it gathers religious scholars, young musicians, performers and artists to celebrate the breadth of the Islamic culture and community.