I feel like a proud parent. Well, I am a proud parent but this time my proud parent feeling is about the work that my little sister Faatimah Knight is doing. She is not so little – she’s 24, but in her young age she is doing work that is thoughtful, compassionate and meaningful. A few weeks ago she rallied the America Muslim community to join my family in a collective effort to send gifts of condolences to the Emmauel AME church in Charleston South Carolina after 9 Black parishoners were killed there in a racist terrorist attack last month. Earlier this week, she posted these pictures of Mrs. Althea, the Secretary of the Emmauel AME church receiving the flowers.
Her latest project is leading an effort to raise funds from within the American Muslim community to assist in rebuilding Black Churches that have been victims of arson in just the past few weeks since the mass murder of 9 Black people at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC. Here’s an excerpt description of her project from her Launchgood fudraising page:
8 Black churches have been burned to the ground since the shooting of 9 parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. These church burnings happened within the span of 10 days. Three were undoubtedly set by arsons; the others are pending investigation. But to many it is clear that these are attacks on Black culture, Black religion and Black lives. These kinds of attacks on Black churches are a very old form of intimidation in the South, historically used to strike fear into the hearts of Black people.
…We must always keep in mind that the Muslim community and the black community are not different communities. We are profoundly integrated in many ways, in our overlapping identities and in our relationship to this great and complicated country. We are connected to Black churches through our extended families, our friends and teachers, and our intertwined histories and convergent present.
Faatimah will be continuing to raise funds for the church rebuilding efforts until the end of Ramadan, which is next week. We are really close to the finish line.
To learn more about this project, and to participate in this effort visit the Launchgood page for Respond With Love: Rebuild Black Churches, Support Victims of Arson Across the South: