The 50 Inspirational Black Muslim Men list has been making rounds across the blogosphere originating on tumblr and gaining popularity on Facebook. The roundup gives the name and profession of Black Muslim men around the globe and a short bio about their mission or accomplishments.
Three of the men featured in the list are presently residing in the Detroit area, facilitating change and inspiring a difference in their perspective communities.
Coming in at number three (though Angail says they aren't listed in order of preference) is Dawud Walid, a civil liberties activist and imam:
Dawud Walid is the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a chapter of America’s largest advocacy and civil liberties organization for Muslims.
Walid has spoken at more than 30 institutions of higher learning about Islam and interfaith dialogue, including DePaul University, Harvard University and the University of the Virgin Islands. He has presented on prominent panel discussions with international leaders and academics, including the 2008 and 2011 Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Conventions and the 2009 and 2010 Malian Peace & Tolerance Conferences held in Bamako, Mali, which were attended by religious scholars from 12 different countries..
Walid has been a regular contributor to the Muslim Observer newspaper and Illume Magazine and has also been interviewed, quoted, and published in numerous media outlets across the globe.
Walid is featured in the 2012 book “All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim” and is quoted as an expert in 10 additional books and academic dissertations.
Unafraid to speak the truth, Walid often addresses issues of race in the Muslim community.
Next, at number 13, is Dr. Halim Naeem, a psychologist and researcher:
Naeem began his activism as a teen, conducting camp counseling for youth. He then founded the Ann Arbor Youth group where he would be president for two years. He then founded The Michigan Muslim Youth Council, the largest alliance of Muslim Youth groups in America. Thus, he established the MMYC Conference, the largest youth run conference about Muslim youth issues.
He then went on to the University of Michigan and became heavily involved with the Muslim Student Association. He then established and left a contribution of the “inner city high school recruitment,” which focused on inner city youth to provide them with experiences and resources about college. After college, he went on to graduate school and became the vice president of the Bilal Islamic Center in Kalamazoo MI for 5 years while getting married and having two children.
Dr. Halim Naeem of obtained his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University. He is a practicing psychotherapist in West Bloomfield, MI. He is currently the president of Muslim Mental Health, the leading nationwide experts regarding mental health issues in the Muslim community. He is published in magazines, books, and for a thinktank. Dr. Naeem has done the first research study on African American Muslims in the field of psychology on the correlations between personality and religious behavior. Most importantly, he is a proud husband and father of 3 beautiful children.
And last but not least we have Langston Hues, a photographer and artist, listed as number 30:
Langston Hues documents the phenomenon of modest street fashion by capturing stylish ensembles of women across the globe for his photo book “Modest Street Fashion.”
With a background in anthropology, Hues cites his travels as akin to a contemporary ethnography. He states the manifestation of modest fashion is based on women’s expression of identity through their dress.
In addition to the street photography, Hues also creates video logs to record participants’ views and opinions on the modest street evolution. This effective deployment of social media nurtures a growing fan base numbering in the tens of thousands as followers track him along the Modest Street Fashion journey.
Commencing this journey from his hometown of Detroit, Hues’ has photographed in excess of 400 style conscious candidates across the United States, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East, encompassing over 20 countries and 25 cities to date.
We hope your fave made the list!