Western Sunrise


Journalist Askia Muhammad to premiere photo exhibit during Islamic Festival Weekend 

            Philadelphia  The New Africa Center/Muslim American Museum & Archive located at 4243 Lancaster Ave. hosted the Philadelphia début of the photography of acclaimed journalist Askia Muhammad.  As a part the 2007 Islamic Heritage Festival & Parade the exhibit opened June 9 2007 at 3:00pm during the Archive’s open house. The exhibit is entitled “Western Sunrise, The Nation of Islam in the West.” 

           Photojournalist Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a radio and television commentator. He is News Director at Pacifica Radio’s WPFW-FM in Washington and host of “Tuesday Morning Jazz” since 1979 on WPFW; Senior Correspondent for The Final Call; he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer; he has been an occasional commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered;” and BET.com. He is Editor of National Scene News Bureau, a freelance news agency serving broadcasting, editorial and photographic clients.

            “Askia Muhammad is a personal friend and a superb political analyst,” wrote Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). “He knows both the players and the issues.”

            A Washington correspondent since 1977, his reports from Capitol Hill, the White House and diplomatic events date back to the second inauguration of Richard Nixon, and span the terms of seven American presidents. He authored the book: Behind Enemy Lines, published in 1996.

            Winner of some of the most prestigious awards in journalism and the arts, he was a panelist on Howard University Television WHUT-TV32’s “Evening Exchange Weekly News Analysis” until 2005. His Soundprint.org documentary “Mississippi Becomes a Democracy” was a winner in 2004 in the Salute to Excellence Award competition held by the National Association of Black Journalists, and winner of the “Unity Awards in Journalism” presented by Lincoln University of Missouri. His commentaries on NPR won First Place in 2003 in the NABJ Salute to Excellence Award competition. His commentaries for Pacifica Radio won First Place in 2002 in the NABJ Salute to Excellence.

            He is a recipient of the 1994 D.C. Mayor’s Award for “Excellence in Service to the Arts,” the so-called “Oscar” for the Arts in the Nation’s Capital.

            Askia Muhammad is the former Editor-in-Chief of Muhammad Speaks newspaper. He was a regular commentator on Christian Science Monitor Radio’s “Early Edition,” until 1998.

            Muhammad’s articles have appeared in USA TODAY, The Washington Post, The Nation, Jet, The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Tribune, and The Boston Globe.

            Three times a judge of the National Newspaper Publishers Association Merit Awards, he has also served twice as a judge of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards.

            In its 15th year the Islamic Cultural Preservation and Information Council (ICPIC), the most progressive African-American Islamic cultural organization in the country, sponsors the festival. ICPIC’s partners for this event include the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, PECO, Muslim Journal, Masjidullah and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  For more information please call 610-352-0424 or 215-222-0520. 

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