Islam, Race & Hip Hop: A Social Justice Perspective
Date: December 10 2010 2:30pm Location: Council Chamber
Islam, Race & Hip Hop: A Social Justice Perspective is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Amer Ahmed will discuss the effectiveness of hip-hop and spoken word to inform community discourse, specifically in regards to breaking down myths and misconceptions around Islam.
A small group discussion to process the recent events at Pioneer Courthouse Square will immediately follow his lecture.
Amer Ahmed, college administrator, acclaimed scholar, intercultural diversity consultant, spoken word artist, and founding member of Hip Hop Congress, teaches the use of hip-hop as an effective vehicle for messages related to political activism. Through the convergence of his knowledge regarding hip-hop and Islamophobia, Ahmed will break down misconceptions surrounding Islam.
Dedicated to addressing issues of diversity and social justice, Ahmed strives to inspire young people to create positive change. His approaches, including public speaking and workshop facilitation, give him the opportunity to challenge the discrimination of minorities.
Ahmed is with the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs at the University of Michigan and an intercultural diversity consultant. He also serves as co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Hip Hop Congress - an organization that develops initiatives to bring about social, economic and political change through hip-hop. Ahmed has also released his debut album under the name of Dawah called Storyteller’s Bazaar.