Exhibition: Intersecting the Golden Age of Jazz and the Influence of Black Muslims

June 15 to June 30, 2024

International Museum of Muslim Cultures

201 E Pascagoula Street
Jackson, MS 39201

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Exhibition: Intersecting the Golden Age of Jazz and the Influence of Black Muslims

International Museum of Muslim Cultures

201 E Pascagoula Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Overview

This year marks the 99th birthday of Malcolm X, a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement and a prominent advocate for the rights of Black Americans. To honor his enduring legacy, the International Museum of Muslim Cultures (IMMC) is commemorating this milestone with a special exhibit that explores the intersection of jazz music and the influence of Black Muslims entitled

XRoads INTERSECTING THE GOLDEN AGE OF JAZZ & THE INFLUENCE OF BLACK MUSLIMS.

This exhibit, curated by Detroit-based artist and music historian LuFuki, delves into the rich cultural contributions of Black Muslims to the jazz genre, highlighting how their spiritual and cultural perspectives shaped this quintessentially American art form. It features a compelling collection of records, historical photographs, prose and poetry that capture the vibrant interplay between jazz and the Black Muslim experience.

Through this exhibit, visitors will gain insights into how artists like Yusef Lateef, Ahmad Jamal, and Art Blakey infused their music with Islamic themes and values, creating a unique and powerful cultural expression. The IMMC’s tribute to Malcolm X not only celebrates his legacy but also shines a light on the profound impact of African American Muslims on American music and culture, fostering a deeper appreciation for the diverse contributions that have shaped our society.

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