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Video: “Frederick Douglass and Islam” (America’s Islamic Heritage Museum, Feb., 24, 2018)

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Douglassonian Lecture: Frederick Douglass and Islam (America’s Islamic Heritage Museum, Sat., Feb 24, 1pm – 2pm, 2315 MLK Jr. Avenue SE)

Peace Islam.

Many an evening after reporting on a community meeting, development presentation or coming from the Douglass House I have passed by America’s Islamic Heritage Museum.

Often Mr. and Mrs. Muhammad have seen me and invited me to come inside to share in breaking bread for an event or celebration held at their wonderful museum and community center.

Mr. Amir Muhammad, a true Douglassonian and Islamic Scholar of the first order, has been a friend for many years. When my dear friend and fellow street reporter William Alston-El was struggling and I did not where or who to turn to for counsel Mr. Muhammad was kind enough to let me bend his ear. William is now doing much better and in the care of his family.

Mr. Muhammad and his wife are respected scholars and community leaders not just in Anacostia but throughout the Islamic world. They have worked with the State Department and institutions of higher education for many years. Local children are fed after-school meals at the museum.

If you visit the museum often or you have never been before please come through to this presentation and/or consider supporting the museum.

Presentation on Frederick Douglass and Islam.
America’s Islamic Heritage Museum
Saturday, February 24, 2018 – 1pm to 2pm 
2315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE

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Frederick Douglass letter to British preacher Charles Spurgeon, 1887

800px-Charles_Haddon_Spurgeon_by_Alexander_Melville“The Cross, “St. Neots, ” Hunts.,

“July 6, 1887. ”

Dear Mr. Spurgeon,

“While crossing the Atlantic, last September, and looking out upon its proud dashing billows and their varied forms, and thinking of the diversity in the human family, I remarked that ‘we are many as the waves, but we are one as the sea.’ I had never heard this simile before, and thought it was original with me; but, while reading your sermon, published on the 30th June, I noticed that you said, speaking of the one hundred and nineteenth Psalm, ‘Its expressions are many as the waves, but its testimony is one as the sea.’ I am led to ask,—Is this a coincidence ; or have I, unconsciously, borrowed from you, or have you borrowed this formula from me ?

“Through the kindness of a friend, I had the privilege of listening to you a few Sundays ago. It was the realization of an ardent desire born of reading some of your sermons in America, and of what was said to me of you by my friend, Dr. H. L. Wayland, a gentleman to whom I have been much indebted for friendly sympathy and advice while battling with slavery and prejudice in America. ”

Very truly yours,

“FREDERICK DOUGLASS.”

SOURCE:

(1897), pp. 169-195 – PDF

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