Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
We conducted an open-ended, qualitative research study to understand the history and social factors impacting African American Muslims in the Baltimore area. Throughout this process, we discovered African American Muslims and their immigrant Muslim counterparts in Baltimore once had great cooperation. However, as new communities were established, the communication between the individuals declined and their relationships are now nearly nonexistent. By understanding how communities build social cohesion, what issues individuals face and the types of capital individuals have, we discovered that collaboration could mutually benefit both individuals and communities. We have facilitated multiple projects between various communities and now plan to encourage more cross-community interaction by conveying what we learned and what we did through a captivating and inspirational documentary! 2. The interaction between African American Muslims and Immigrant Muslims in the United States is relatively young; therefore, we traveled to Guyana in South America, where there are six races (East Indian, African, Amerindian, Chinese, Portuguese, White), in order to learn more about racial dynamics. The people of Guyana have been coexisting for over 100 years and our hope is to implement in the US some of the lessons we learned in Guyana in order to encourage more cross-cultural interactions.