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CAIR Marks Black History Month with Release of Short Film Exploring American Muslims’ Reflections on Racial Injustice

‘In Their Footsteps: An American Muslim Civil Rights Journey’ follows Muslim leaders as they learn about history of slavery, lynching, segregation

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/1/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released a short film, “In Their Footsteps: An American Muslim Civil Rights Journey,” to mark the beginning of Black History Month.

Video: ‘In Their Footsteps: An American Muslim Civil Rights Journey’

The 21-minute film features some 30 American Muslim civil rights leaders who journeyed through Alabama to learn about the history of slavery, lynching, segregation, and about present-day racial injustice.

“A detailed study of the history of slavery, lynching, segregation, and the legacy of past and present injustices needs to be part of a national conversation so that leaders in all sectors of our society apply a racial equity lens when making decisions that affect the lives of millions of Americans,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. 

During the journey, the Muslim leaders attended the inauguration of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery and learned from experts at the historic 16th Street Baptist church, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Civil Rights Memorial.

SEE: 30 CAIR Leaders to Attend Inauguration of Lynching Memorial in Alabama

CAIR’s film offers deeply personal and emotional reflections from American Muslims — including African-American Muslims — who lived through segregation and Jim Crow laws, and for whom the journey brought back memories from their own lives.

The film was produced by True Intent Productions and CAIR.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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