Dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about the early history of Muslims of African descent in the Western hemisphere.
The general purpose of ACKI is to educate the public about Islam and in particular about the people of African descent and Islam in the Western hemisphere. The Institute is designed to support the work of scholars who are investigating the early history and experience of African Muslims in the United States primarily, but also in the Caribbean and the Americas, North and South.
An ancillary purpose of ACKI is to support those institutions, organizations, and programs whose goals are consistent with those of ACKI. In this regard, the Institute would assist in the preservation of materials that document the African Muslim experience here and abroad.
ACKI will grant funds to support aspects of scholars’ research. Costs to be covered include travel, research assistance, fees for database searches, transcribing and translating services, filming and photographic and other media expenses.
ACKI will provide avenues for presentation and discussion of research, such as seminars, conferences, symposia, and multimedia and other exhibitions.
ACKI will publish a journal of scholars’ final products or works in progress, book reviews, conference proceedings, and related material. Book-length manuscripts or monographs will also be considered.
ACKI will work to place scholars’ work in national and international archives housed in university and public libraries, special collections and other suitable locations.
The Advisory Committee selects the works and topics to be funded. It follows established selection criteria and procedures for awarding grants.