“Muslim American Journeys: In, Out, and Through”
MALA’s Oral History Partnership with the Library of Congress & NPR-StoryCorps
Personal stories can be a powerful catalyst for change – challenging stereotypes, building bridges, and inspiring action. 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. In 2020, MALA’s oral histories with the African American Muslim community have been archived into the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Every story recorded is archived at the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center, with outstanding stories being featured on National Public Radio stations across the country. These stories are preserved and presented with dignity, serving as an educational resource for future generations to come.
As a program that emphasizes belonging, “Journeys” aims to document diversity, inspire pride, and celebrate individuality. The broad range of stories in the collection challenges stereotypes and “essentialized” views of Muslims. Many immigrant storytellers share how democratic freedoms and economic opportunities empowered them to build new lives in America. “Muslim American Journeys” provides a platform where these and other voices can be fused into our national experience, presenting the richness of Muslim identity to the American public at large.
A selection of stories from the collection are spotlighted below. If you would like to participate in “Muslim American Journeys,”