Imam Rufai shares his perceptions of African Muslim communities in Chicago.
Imam Rufai taks about how he defines his identity in the US, and how teaching allows him to work through prejudices he may hold about African-Americans.
Imam Rufai talks about what brought him to Chicago – an invitation from Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. He arrived in February, amid freezing temperaturs but he had a cousin in the city who helped him settle in.
Imam Rufai talks about how African-American ‘spirituals’, Malcom-X and Kwame Nkrumah”s Pan-Africanism influenced his perceptions of life in America before he immigrated.
Imam Rufai, who grew up in Ghana and spent some of his adult life in Nigeria, discusses his first meeting with an American: a PeaceCorp volunteer who called him a “monkey”.