Hawkeye Community College’s library was one of five libraries in Iowa and the only community college that was awarded the Muslim Journeys grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Library Association.
In recognition of Black History Month and as the first program of Hawkeye Community College’s Muslim Journeys series, the college is offering a free showing of the documentary, Prince among Slaves.  This film will be shown on Tuesday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m. in Black Hawk Hall, Room 241.  Interested participants will view the fascinating film and a short discussion will follow.   Admission is free of charge and open to the public.  For more details, please call Candace Havely, library director, at 319-296-4229.
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 was 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.