‘Get to Know Your Muslim Neighbors’

Face-to-face Meetings Provide First Step Many Minnesotans—perhaps you, if you’re reading this post—want to better understand their Muslim neighbors. Of course, most of us have busy schedules, and it’s difficult to approach strangers, even if they do live in your neighborhood. It might seem easiest to read about Muslims. Dozens of books offering to “explain” Muslims have appeared in the last few years; you might order one off Amazon.com or pick one up at your local bookstore. You could turn on the television and find Muslims depicted and described on CNN and Fox News; you can find Muslims talked about Read More …

Are Revolutions Won by Hands Clenched into Fists or Clasped in Prayer?

Malcolm X and Martin Luther King in The Meeting By Emily Bright, Engage Minnesota Also: Local Muslim Talks with Audience about His Experiences When I arrive at the History Theater in downtown St. Paul, a school bus is parked in front of the door. It’s the perfect audience for Jeffrey Stetson’s play The Meeting, which imagines a meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965 Harlem. Not that this is a children’s play, per se. But the discussion between two great leaders of the Civil Rights movement over the power of violence vs nonviolence definitely strikes Read More …