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CAIR Research Director Launches ‘After Malcolm Digital Archive’ with George Mason University

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/21/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that CAIR National Director of Research and Advocacy Dr. Abbas Barzegar has launched the “After Malcolm Digital Archive” with George Mason University’s Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies.

The project goes live tonight at:

[NOTE: Today in 1965, Malcolm X was shot to death inside Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom in New York.]

That project will serve as a university-based, community driven repository for archival materials and oral histories that document and tell the story of African-American Muslim contributions to the Black Freedom Struggle.

Dr. Barzegar, who is also a non-resident fellow at the center will direct the project’s research and public education activities with a wide network of community-based stakeholders across the country, including educational organizations such as the Yaqeen Institute.

The After Malcolm Digital Archive is also supported by a distinguished board of prominent advisors such as Imam Talib Abdul Rashid (Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood), Sister Aisha al-Adawiya (Schomburg Center), Ustadha Zaynab Ansari (Tayseer Seminary), and Dr. Youssef J. Carter (Harvard University).”

“In today’s age of Islamophobia and racism, it is an honor to help preserve the critical legacy of African-American Islam through the lives of its most recent pioneers. Their experiences and wisdom are a treasure to learn from during this time of political uncertainty and cultural confusion,” said Dr. Barzegar.

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.


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

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