New York's Diverse Muslim Community: Building Civic Engagement and Responsive Social Services - Learning Tour

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 8:00am EDT
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, NYC
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The events of September 11, 2001 had a profound effect on all New Yorkers who still recall a deep sense of loss and dislocation. Also vivid ten years later are memories of coming together.  People across the city formed strong networks of mutual support--with family members, friends, colleagues, and even strangers. Neighborhood leaders and local institutions served and continue to play a critical role in meeting emergency needs arising from September 11th, providing resources, social services, and the emotional support to cope with this painful experience and its aftermath. 


Within this complex experience of grief and solidarity that all New Yorkers share, Muslims and those mistakenly perceived as Muslim have encountered a misplaced retaliation and vilification of Islam.  They have faced discrimination and been the victims of hate crimes.  Yet, this community has proactively responded.  In the ten years since September 11th, Muslim New Yorkers have grown to rely on existing and emerging local organizations--to access social services, deepen civic engagement, and build community resilience. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of September 11th, attend a unique site visit that will bring together foundation leaders, government officials, and community leaders. 

Part of Philanthropy New York's Reflections on 9/11: Ten Years Later series, sponsored by the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, the New York Foundation, the New York Community Trust, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund



  • Explore New York’s diverse Muslim communities
  • Meet the secular and religious community institutions that serve and connect Muslim New Yorkers
  • Learn the ways that Muslims are integrating into the civic life of New York City