Personal stories can be a powerful catalyst for change – challenging stereotypes, building bridges, and inspiring action. In a country as diverse and complex as the United States, the identities of Muslim Americans remain layered and contested. We all have stories to tell: stories that deserve to be collected, conserved, and celebrated.
“Muslim American Journeys” is a MALA program produced in partnership with NPR’s StoryCorps and the Library of Congress, providing a platform for Americans of Muslim heritage to share their individual stories. By sharing a diverse range of narratives and experiences, “Journeys” aims to document oral history, inspire pride, and celebrate individuality. Every story recorded is officially archived in the Library of Congress, and outstanding stories are featured on National Public Radio.
“Being Albanian and being born in the U.S. has helped me grow and live side by side with people regardless of religious preference. One can only imagine the gratitude we pay to America for not allowing things to go further and for allowing refugees from our country into the States to seek asylum.”
“To this day, I am extremely proud of myself for being brave enough to face so many people with an action so controversial. So many Muslims and non-Muslims speculated my faith and confronted me to question why I made this decision.”
“When I came to the United States, I witnessed many people talking about refugees’ issues without knowing what it really feels like to be one. I decided to take action and stand for myself and for many refugees and immigrants who are like me.”
“Yet, at the same time, I thought if I tackle these struggles and come to terms with cultural barriers, I could define who I am. I firmly believed, and continue to believe, my place was not in the kitchen, I was born to touch the lives of millions.”