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Virtual Event

Virtual Event | Stitching Stars & The Crescent Moon: Dr. Shakeela Hassan and the Fez

Saturday, May 8

For those who worship, what they wear often holds meaning. From nuns in their habits to women in hijab, adornment can indicate religious devotion. The Nation of Islam and the fez are no different.

Log on and join CHM chief historian and director of the Studs Terkel Center for Oral History Peter T. Alter as he talks with interfaith activist, medical professional, and author Dr. Shakeela Hassan. Their conversation will explore her recent book, A Starry Crown: The Design of the Fez, which outlines her migration to the United States, her faith-based activism in Chicago, and the design of the iconic fezzes worn by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam from 1934 to 1975.

This program complements CHM’s exhibition American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago, where one of Elijah Muhammad’s fezzes is currently on display. See it before the exhibition closes on Sunday, May 16!

This event runs approximately one hour and is free of charge. We would greatly appreciate a donation to the Museum in any amount. A Zoom link will be provided after registration.

Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, speaks at the NOI's annual Saviours' Day meeting at the Coliseum at 15th Street and Wabash Avenue, Chicago, February 26, 1966. ST-19031787-0004, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
Muhammad Ali speaks at Elijah Muhammad's funeral at the International Amphitheatre, 4220 S. Halsted St., Chicago, February 20, 1975. ST-19110566-0013, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM

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Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories