Communications Coordinator to Speak on ‘African Muslims in Antebellum America’ at Benedictine University

What: Islam Awareness Week

Topic: Servants of God: African Muslims in Antebellum America- A large percentage of the slave population brought from Africa was Muslim, but barely anybody knows this significant fact. African Muslims made an extraordinary but understudied impact on America through the power of their strong identities and faith. Due to their perseverance in remaining steadfast in their faith and retaining proud, positive attitudes about Africa and Islam throughout the Antebellum period, these Africans caused much trepidation in their American slave owners. As many were experienced leaders in political, religious, commercial, military or agricultural matters in Africa, they became leaders within the American slave system. This session will narrate their untold story.

Speakers: Sultan Muhammad
CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator

When: April 18, 2007 at 12:20 p.m.

Where: Fireside Lounge of the Krasa Center- Benedictine University
Lisle, IL 60532

Directions:

Benedictine University is at the intersection of Maple Avenue (55th Street east-west) and College Road, which is called Yackley Avenue north of Maple and Wehrli south of 75th Street. The campus is about two miles west of I-355 and one mile south of IL Rt. 34 (Ogden Avenue).

From Chicago: Take I-290 to I-88. Go west on the I-88 toll way to I-355 south toll way. Go to the Maple Avenue exit and travel west (right turn) to the University. Left on College/Yackley Rd. Right at first light. Left at immediate T-section. Go straight, pass first stop sign, the road will curve and wind a little. Turn left into parking lot at the second stop sign.That is the Krasa Center.

From the North or South Suburbs: Take the I-355 North-South toll way to the Maple Avenue exit. Take the Maple Avenue exit west to the University. Left on College/Yackley Rd. Right at first light. Left at immediate T-section. Go straight, pass first stop sign, the road will curve and wind a little. Turn left into parking lot at the second stop sign.That is the Krasa Center.

By Train: The Burlington Northern stops in downtown Lisle. Cab Service is available for the two-mile trip to campus.

Parking:The Krasa Center is the newer, red brick building located northwest of Benedictine hall. The entrance to Krasa is off of Maple Avenue about 1/4 mile west of College Road. Parking is directly in front of the building and is free for all visitors.

Contact: for information contact Sultan Muhammad at communications@cairchicago.org

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