Margaret Rose Murray is considered a mother of the community by many African Americans and Muslims in the Triangle area of North Carolina and beyond. She moved to North Carolina in the early 60s. Her late husband, Kenneth Murray Muhammad, founded the first mosque in NC, Ar-Razzak Masjid, in Durham, NC. They founded private kindergarten schools, Vital Links, in 1964, that has served a large number of African American community members. These schools have also served as community centers hosting social and community empowerment events. The Southeast branch of Vital Link School also serves as a temporary space for As-Salaam Islamic Center, while the actual mosque is being built at Lord Anson Drive in Raleigh, NC.
Mother Rose Murray has been active on social justice front. She has stood up for worker rights and
opposed racism. She spoke with sanitation workers and union organizers during the 2006 Sanitation Workers Strike in Raleigh, NC. Mother Rose Murray won Self-Determination Award by Black Workers for Justice for her leadership on social justice front.
Mother Rose Murray has a goal to preserve the history of African American community. She has
published a coloring book for children called Traces of Faces and Places (also named for a Radio Show she produced from Shaw University) to highlight African American achievements. This book encompasses generations of African American visionaries, inventors and discoverers from all fields of life.
We are blessed to have a selfless leader like Mother Rose Murray in our community.
Read a Huffington Post article about the Murray family and their contributions for North Carolina community here:
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Press Release: Raleigh Forum on Islamophobia and Racism
For immediate release... Contact: Manzoor Cheema Phone Number: 919-412-7008
Raleigh Muslim Community to hold a Forum on Islamophobia & Racism
As Salam Islamic Center and Muslims for Social Justice will host a forum on Islamophobia & Racism on Sunday August 14, 2016 from 3pm – 5pm at the 1214 E. Lenoir Street, Raleigh NC, 27610
Raleigh, North Carolina – Sunday, August 07, 2016- "Challenging Islamophobia and Racism"
Islam and Muslims have been under the intense scrutiny of the government, the media, and the Western Society since the 9/11 tragedy. Many peaceful law abiding Muslims locally and around the United States have been the victims of discrimination, verbal insults, and violence.
According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports program. Prior to the 9/11 attacks, the program typically recorded between 20 and 30 anti-Muslim hate crimes per year. But in 2001 that number rose more than tenfold to nearly 500. In the years since, annual hate crimes against Muslims have consistently hovered in the 100-150 range, roughly five times higher than the pre-9/11 rate.
In Febuary 2015 three young Muslims students, Deah Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister 19 year old Razan were killed execution style by a neighbor in Chapel Hill NC. CNN.com
In 2015, more than 70 acts of damage, destruction, vandalism and intimidation against Muslims houses of worship.
4 out of 10 Americans have an unfavorable view of Islam.
44% of Americans said they believe that some curtailment of civil liberties is necessary for Muslim Americans.
26% think that mosques should be closely monitored by U.S. law enforcement agencies.
29% agreed that undercover law enforcement agents should keep tabs on Muslim activities and fund raising by infiltrating their civic and volunteer organizations.
As Salaam Islamic Center and Muslims for Social Justice are cosponsoring this forum to give Muslims in Raleigh, NC an opportunity to discuss, and share their concerns with other community members
The Forum titled "Challenging Racism and Islamophobia"
When: Sunday, August 14th. 3PM - 5PM
Where: As-Salaam Islamic Center, 1214 E Lenoir Street, Raleigh NC 27610
A forum will be organized at As-Salaam Islamic Center to explore the roots of Islamophobia or anti-Muslim bigotry. This forum will explore the following questions:
How does Islamophobia operate in the society?
What are the links between Islamophobia and racism?
How to bridge gap between immigrant and African American Muslims?
How can Muslims defeat racism and Islamophobia?
This forum is free and open for all. Snacks will be provided. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-355-8026 for more questions.
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