CAIR-Texas is proud to offer "In Their Footsteps: An American Muslim Civil Rights Journey" documentary and discussion for Black History Month. Schools, Masjids, Interfaith groups, and more can host a screening led by civil rights icon, Mustafaa Carroll who is featured in the documentary and other local speakers. This 22-minute documentary follows some 30 American Muslim civil rights leaders as they journey through Alabama in April 2018 to learn about the history of slavery, lynching, segregation, and present-day racial injustice.
You will hear deep personal and emotional reflections from American Muslims, including African-Americans, who lived through segregation and Jim Crow laws, and for whom the journey brought back memories from their own lives.
After the screening, the speaker(s) will lead your group to discuss the film to gain a more profound personal experience of the civil rights movement. The screening and discussion can be done within 45 minutes to an hour.
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Mustafaa Carroll began his civil rights advocacy at 14 years old and became the NAACP Youth Council President in his hometown of Gary Indiana at 16 years old. He is the former executive director of the Houston Texas Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (June/2010 – July /2018), the United States largest Muslim grassroots civil rights and advocacy group with over 30 offices nationwide. CAIR's mission is “To enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims”.
Prior to Carroll’s arrival to the Houston office in June/2010, he served on the CAIR-TX DFW board from 2004 – 2006 and the Executive Committee as Board President in 2007. He was appointed executive director at CAIR-TX, Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter from June/2007 – January/2009, and served as immediate past Board President until his arrival at the CAIR-TX, Houston office in June/2010. He has volunteered regularly for Rotary International’s Camp Enterprise, the ExCel Ex-Offenders Feed –the- Homeless program, Citizens for Peace and Justice, and a host of other community activities. Carroll has served on several boards including the Shura of the North Texas Islamic Council (NTIC), Masjid Al-Islam, Dallas, the Dallas ACLU Board; the Islamic Medieval Studies Group (IMSG), the Make-A-Wish foundation of North Texas, the National bone Marrow’s Committee entitled African Americans Uniting for Life (AAUL), the advisory committee of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and he was a founding member and Chair of Humanitarian Day-DFW Event for 5 years. Carroll currently serves on the CAIR-Houston Board, the Board of directors for Masjid At-Tawhid, the board of the Coalition Of Community Organizations (COCO), the Board of Directors for New Star Kafala, a Muslim adoption and child advocacy agency based New York (USA), and the board of the Houston, Texas chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Carroll was the recipient of the Houston Peace and Justice Center’s “2013 Peace-maker of the Year Award”, the 2017 CAIR National Leadership Award, and the AnNisa Hope Center 2018 Civil and Human Rights Leader Award, and the 2019 CAIR National Leadership and Service Award.
Under Carroll’s leadership, CAIR-TX co-founded and/or joined several coalitions. Sample coalitions include: the Civil Rights Coalition-Houston; Project Harmony – coordinating council working towards ending gender based violence in the South Asian and Middle-Eastern communities in Houston; “Beloved Community” coalition: to actualize Dr. King’s vision for America; Partnered with the “Wage Theft Campaign”; the “Justice for Janitors Campaign”; National Muslim Youth Coalition; Greater Houston Coalition for Justice; Interfaith Ministries Women’s Committee; the Texas Coalition for Racial Justice; the Healthcare is Human Right Coalition and the C.L.E.A.R Justice interfaith activists campaign for socio-economic justice in the fifth ward (Houston).
“...images of watching my ancestors struggle for what was right with strength and determination.”
“As a history teacher, I find this documentary perfect for young and old people to understand our history.”
“It takes us into the museums and tells the history of the struggle.”
“Illustrates how important documenting history is”
“Great, inspiring to touch the soul, makes you thankful and grateful to be a part of this great people with all its struggles.”
“[Made me feel] reflective and a renewal of commitment to the fight for freedom, justice and equality.”
“A film worthy of widespread dissemination.”
“I was emotionally impacted by the cruelty of our history.”
“The best part was that history was recorded [in this film] for all to see. Our youth must be exposed to our history.”