African-American Stories

In honor of Black History Month, MALA would like to highlight some of the compelling stories we have collected from the African-American community.

Browse the collection of individuals’ stories below. If you would like to participate in share your story with MALA, here is information on how to submit your story and apply to participate in a recording session.


Gabriel Jermaine Vanlandingham-Dunn: Baby’s Second Ramadan

“Yet, it is important that I try to bring myself to a place where I can share my experiences, in hopes that I can connect with those who might need understanding, a listening ear, and a shoulder/ large beard to cry on.”

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Najah Abdul-Qawiyy: The Difficult Road That Led Me Here

“The way I am is fine, I do not need to change because of anybody else. Only I should be the one to dictate whether or not I should change.”

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Zuhirah Khaldun-Diarra: Building Bridges of Communication

“I have witnessed the power of communication to enable understanding as we create peace communications that challenge us to look beyond that which we think we know, so that we can finally break down those walls that separate us.”

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