Join us in Jackson MS from April 1 to April 30 annually, to celebrate the rich diversity, history, and culture of American Muslims!
ABOUT ISLAMIC HERITAGE MONTH
Islamic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the American Muslim communities. The event, which spans from April 1 to April 30, commemorates the rich culture, history, and diversity of Muslims and their contributions to America and the world at large.
Islamic Heritage Month in Jackson actually began as a commemorative month when it was first introduced in a proclamation in April 2016 by former Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber, in honor of IMMC’s 15-year anniversary. The mayor urged all citizens “to celebrate and commemorate the historical contributions of Muslims, who ignited the Renaissance of Europe—into America, ushering in the age of science and technology, a culture of tolerance and peace, and the value of education “.
On April 1, 2016, in honor of the fifteen-year anniversary of the International Museum of Muslim Cultures, the former Jackson Mayor, Tony Yarber, issued a proclamationdesignating April, annually, as Islamic Heritage Month, for the city of Jackson.
The mayor calls upon all the residents of this great city to join him in celebration and recognition of the history and contributions of the Islamic Community. “The Bold New City of Jackson is home to citizens of diverse nationalities, Ethnicities, representing several religious Faiths and cultural traditions. As a city, we are enriched by these relationships and enhanced by their histories, lives, cultural experiences, and contributions.
In the City’s Bold New Vision to transform Jackson become a destination City, we seek to build on our cultural and religious diversity, encouraging and promoting positive multi-cultural and interfaith relations, social and educational outreach, cooperation of different Faith traditions and their related institutions.”
Each year during the month of April, a series of activities are hosted including educational, arts, and cultural programs, and conclude with a Citywide Islamic Heritage Festival, with statewide participation. The International Museum of Muslim Cultures is proud to highlight Muslim diversity, history, and contributions to America and the World. Public schools are encouraged to observe by utilizing this as an opportunity to have students learn more about America’s vibrant Muslim Community, rich culture and history, and the contributions of Muslims to America and the greater world by participating in celebrating Islamic Heritage Month and visiting the Muslim Museum in Jackson.