Dr. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer was awarded by the Alpha chapter of the Latina sorority Delta Tau Lambda, Inc with their Diamond Award on October 29th, 2021 for their 26th Annual Salute to Latinas!
Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer is a remarkable woman who is a Brooklyn Native and Proud Panamanian. She has been heavily involved in documenting the Black Muslim Experience in the United States. She received her Doctorate of Cultural Anthropology from Princeton University, is a graduate from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and completed the Islamic Studies diploma program of the Institute at Abu Nour University (Damascus), and is currently an associate professor of American Culture and Arab and Muslim American Studies at the University of Michigan. Her critically acclaimed first book, Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States, examines the intersections of Muslimness and Blackness, with the crossroads of Islam and Hip Hop at the forefront of her study. Additionally, she is the curator of “Umi’s Archive”, a beautiful multimedia project that highlights her mother's life, Amina Amatul Haqq, while exploring themes of anti-Black racism and religion many more, and spirituality through her life. Additionally, Dr. Abdul Khabeer is the senior editor of Sapelo Square, a website that seeks to fight the erasure of Black Muslims and “celebrate and analyze the experiences of Black Muslims in the United States to create new understandings of who they are, what they have done, and why that matters.”
Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer’s work has given a voice to Black Muslims and highlights a rich history that might otherwise go untold. We are honored to shine a light on her legacy with the Diamond Award.