Fighting Prison Nation: The Nation of Islam's Challenge to Criminalization in the United States

When and Where

Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Room 208N
Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place


Garrett Felber; Max Mishler (Moderator)


Garrett Felber will discuss his new book, Those Who Know Don't Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Struggle, and the Carceral State (UNC Press, 2020), a definitive political history of the NOI which documents the interplay between law enforcement and Muslim communities in the postwar United States.
Image Info: The photo is from Garret Felber’s article ““Shades of Mississippi”: The Nation of Islam’s Prison Organizing, the Carceral State, and the Black Freedom Struggle,” Journal of American History, Volume 105, Issue 1, June 2018, Pages 71–95. “In this photo taken by a prison officer, Muslim men at Folsom Prison in California pray under surveillance on August 26, 1962, just two months before SaMarion v. McGinnis began in Buffalo, New York. When the men saw the prison officer approach to snap the photo, one suggested: “They want to take our picture. Let’s make it a good one.” 

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Contact Information


Center for the Study of the United States