Sapelo Square

Grant Type: General Operating

Duration: January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024

Organization Overview

Sapelo Square is an award-winning digital media and education collective that celebrates but also thinks deeply, inquisitively, and with some rigor about the experiences of Black Muslims in the United States to create new understandings of who we are, what we have done, and why that matters.


Sapelo Square is a digital media and education collective that seeks to increase public awareness and action on key issues facing Black Muslims and communities of color in the United States, through thought leadership and resources for research on Black Muslims. Their work centers Black Muslim communities in the context of their relationship with and impact on Black America, the United States, and the global tradition of Islam, and challenges their invisibility in media, scholarship, and public policy. With renewed global calls for freedom, justice, and equality, Sapelo Square invites audiences to learn about and from the Black Muslim community by amplifying the work of Black Muslim scholars, creatives, activists, and emerging authors, playing the role of convener for social justice forums and providing educational opportunities that center Black American Muslims, a community historically at the forefront of championing these principles.

Sapelo Square publishes content related to arts, history, politics, and religion; produces resources for civic and community engagement; facilitates a freedom school; hosts a podcast; develops livestream events; and leads ā€œPreserving the Legacy: Portraits and Stories Capturing Black Muslim Life,ā€ a digital photo exhibit.

Year founded: 2015

Location: Ann Arbor, MI