The AANM's Curator of Education and Public Programming, Isra El-beshir has an excellent op-ed in BLAC this month. Being Sudanese American, El-beshir straddles many identities simeltaneously. 

"My first encounter with identity was at the age of 15, when my Palestinian teacher informed me that I was Arab and not Black when I suggested we celebrate Black History Month at our private Islamic school. That moment profoundly shifted my perspective on race and ethnicity because at the time, I understood my identity to simply be Sudanese-American. My confrontation with the “clash of blackness and Arab-ness” was an existential moment that forced me to recognize identity politics and re-evaluate my social positioning in my community and at large."

 

Read the full article here at BLAC magazine.