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Library hosting exhibit featuring Mosque No. 10, local Islamic community

A new exhibit — Mosque No. 10 and the African American Islamic Community in Atlantic City and South Jersey — will be featured at the Atlantic City Library until April 30. The exhibit, in celebration of Black History Month, is sponsored by Masjid Muhammad.

The exhibit examines the history of Islam and the Muslims of  the African American community in Atlantic City. It also highlights Atlantic City’s Mosque No. 10 — the 10th in a nationwide system of Mosques established under Elijah Muhammad.  The exhibit, curated by Dr. Richlyn Goddard and her research team, explores the Nation of Islam under the leadership of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, the son of Elijah Muhammad. It focuses on the Islamic religious community it fostered in the African American community of Atlantic City, examining the themes of unity, self-help, family, community and business development that shaped the Islamic movement in America. The exhibit will include photographs, uniforms, newspaper clippings and memorabilia.

In conjunction with this exhibit and Women’s History Month, the library will hold a presentation, “The Myths and Realities of Muslim Women,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. Author and professor Turiya S.A. Raheem will lead the talk. Raheem’s latest book, “Why We Chose This Way,” is due for release early this year. The book explores the diverse lives of African-American Muslim women and why they still chose to be Muslim despite the many negative portrayals of the religion and its women in today’s world.

Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.