Charlotte native Jibril Hough grew up Methodist and converted to Islam in 1991 after listening to hip hop music like "Public Enemy, Rakim, Poor Righteous Teachers, different rap groups that would drop Islamic terms or would just be conscious enough to turn your thought process."
Fayetteville Peace Rally
Jibril Hough was listed as a speaker of the Fayetteville rally for peace, which was held on March 19th 2005.
- Lou Plummer, Military Families Speak Out, Fayetteville, NC
- Rev. Nelson Johnson, Civil Rights Activist, Greensboro, NC
- Kelly Dougherty, Co-Founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Colorado
- Thomas Barton, Shop Steward with Local 768, Heath Care Workers, AFSCME
- David Potorti, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Cary, NC
- Cindy Sheehan, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, California
- Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, California
- Stan Goff, Retired Special Forces Master Sergeant, Raleigh, NC
- Nancy Lessin and Charley Richardson, Co-Founders of Military Families Speak
- Shawn Cunningham, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
- Michael Hoffman, Co-Founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Pennsylvania
- Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Florida
- Rann Bar-On, International Solidarity Movement, Durham
- Ricanstruction, NYC
- Ed Whitfield, Steering Committee
- Michael McPhearson, Executive Director, Veterans for Peace
- Michael Berg, Father of Nick Berg, West Chester, PA
- Felicia Eaves, Black Voices for Peace, United for Peace and Justice
- Mendy Knott, NC Performance Poet, Asheville, NC
- Ajamu Dillahunt, Black Solidarity Against War, Raleigh, NC
- Kara Hollingsworth, Military Families Speak Out, Fayetteville, NC
- David Couso, brother of Slain Spanish Journalist Josi Couso
- Dante Zappala, brother of Army Sgt. Sherwood Baker, with family members.
- Ruba Nuwayhid, Progressive Student Alliance, UT/Knoxville
- Camilo Mejia, Iraq Vet, Conscientious Objector, Miami, Florida
- Kevin Lucey and Joyce Lucey, Military Families Speak Out, Massachusetts
- Dennis Kyne, Gulf War Vet, California
- Rev. Ralph Baldwin, Vietnam Veteran, Greensboro, NC
- Diedra Cobb, Conscientious Objector, Virginia
- Catherine Lutz, Author and Academic, Brown University
- Stephen Funk, Gulf War II war resister
- Chuck Fager, Quaker House, Fayetteville, NC
- Medea Benjamin, Global Exchange and Code Pink
- Patricia Roberts, mother of Army Spc. Jamaal Rashard Addison, killed in Iraq
- Jibril Hough, Islamic Political Party of America, Charlotte, NC
- Cynthia Brown, Community Activist, Durham, NC
- Wade Fulmer, Carolina Peace Resource Center, South Carolina
- Manju Rajendran, Organizers' Gathering and Spring Conference Coordinator
- Jimmy Massey, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Waynesville, NC
Vigil for Gaza
January 3 2009- In Charlotte, N.C. 500 rallied and marched for Gaza, Palestine, taking over downtown Charlotte with a sea of Palestinian flags and energetic chants. The police didn't even attempt to stop the use bullhorns during the march . Palestinian and Muslim youth led the march.
On January 1 a vigil "received overwhelming public support". Demanded Ceasefire now in Gaza! Open the borders and let humanitrian relief in. Speakers on January 3 included: Rafat Khader, Muslim American Society of Charlotte President; Mohammed El-Nawawy, Published Communications Professor and Media Scholar; Edith Garwood, Amnesty International USA Country Specialist, Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Palestinian Authority; Khalid Hijazi Coordinator - Charlotte Al-Awda - Palestine Right To Return Coalition; Jibril Hough; President - Islamic Center Of Charlotte; Ibrahim Khader, Student of Local University; David Dixon, Coordinator - Action Center For Justice.
The vigil was sponsored by: Muslim American Society Charlotte, Al-Awda - Palestine Right To Return Coalition - Charlotte, Islamic Political Party Of America, Action Center For Justice, Masjid Ash-Shaheed, Muslim American Society-Freedom, Islamic Society Of Greater Charlotte, Muslim Women of the Carolinas, Islamic Center Of Charlotte, ICC - South, CODEPINK Women For Peace - Charlotte.
Trump Campaign Event ControversyRose Hamid and Marty Rosenbluth silently stood together during a Donald Trump campaign event in South Carolina in January, 2016. Both activists were wearing gold stars reminiscent of those imposed on Jewish citizens in Nazi Germany with the word "Muslim." They were removed from the conference. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on Trump to publicly apologize to Hamid and to meet with American Muslim leaders "to discuss how his rhetoric has sparked an 'anti-Muslim hysteria.'"
Rosenbluth was quoted by The Daily Beast as saying "We’ve been working toward this moment for months" and then reminded readers that “Keep in mind that Rosa Parks was not a seamstress on her way home from work who just got tired one day. Her protest was also planned out and well choreographed.'"
The article continued:
- "Indeed, the activists behind the protest told The Daily Beast the CNN moment was carefully orchestrated, down to the detail of the flight attendant matching her turquoise-colored headscarf with her T-shirt. The activists are connected by years of local activism post-9/11 on issues including civil liberties, war, Palestine, “Black Lives Matter,” and immigration, and have been working for months on their anti-Trump organizing campaign."
Jibril Hough compared himself to Martin Luther King, Jr. Addressing whether the activists attended the Trump event to "cause trouble and get attention," he was quoted as saying, “There may be some truth to that. Dr. Martin Luther King had to strategize to get media attention. These things are orchestrated.”
- Muslims in Charlotte: Islam is here, and it would like to be your neighbor, accessed January 11, 2015
- ]http://www.grassrootspeace.org/fayetteville_rally_1.html Rally Against War - Fayetteville, NC - March 19, 2005]
- International Action Center, Worldwide protests in solidarity with the Palestinian people: Jan. 1-5, 2009
- Muslim woman gets kicked out of Trump rally — for protesting silently, accessed January 10, 2015
- The ‘Silently Protesting Muslim Woman’ at the Trump Rally Wasn’t Alone, accessed January 11, 2016