Student Activities

Prince Among Slaves

Date: 3/12/2013
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Main Campus - Black Hawk Hall Room 241

In recognition of Black History Month and as the first program of Hawkeye Community College’s Muslim Journeys series, please join us for a screening of the documentary, Prince Among Slaves. Admission is free of charge and open to the public.

About Prince Among Slaves

Prince among Slaves follows the extraordinary life of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Soria prince of the West African kingdom of Fouta Djallon. Educated in Timbuktu and given military command by his father, Abdul Rahman was ambushed and captured in 1788 and sold into slavery. In the United States, Abdul Rahman bought by a cotton planter in the frontier town of Natchez, Mississippi. For the next 40 years of his life, this prince of West Africa would be held as a slave and known as Prince Foster. At the end of his life, Abdul Rahman and his wife, Lucy, were allowed to travel to West Africa, but forced to leave behind their still enslaved children and grandchildren.

Abdul Rahman’s life highlights the brutality of slavery in the United States as well as its complexities. It also shows the unexpected connections between West Africa, the United States, and the Islamic world. Please join us for the screening of the fascinating film and a short discussion afterwards.

This film screening is the inaugural event of Hawkeye Community College’s Muslim Journeys series, made possible through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. For more details, please call Candace Havely, Library Director, at 319-296-4229.

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