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Mar. 14, 2002
Contacts: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367


Award-wining Journalist, Author Sonsyrea Tate
Discusses the Nation of Islam and Its Effects on Women
at California State University Dominguez Hills

Carson, CA - Award-winning journalist and author of Little X: Growing Up in the Nation of Islam, Sonsyrea Tate, brings her insight on the struggles of women in a male-dominated culture to California State University, Dominguez Hills. Speaking from a perspective that few women can address, Tate will discuss the conflicting views of the public image of Islamic women versus their private world that is often suppressed.

"While the Nation of Islam's dogma offers much to uplift individuals, families and communities," Tate said, "it also has left many scarred socially, spiritually and psychologically." Talking about the lives of her grandmother, mother and various aunts and cousins, she paints a thought-provoking picture of women in the Nation, a picture which has brought the first-time author broad publicity.

Tate has received mixed reaction from the Islamic community as her book begins to raise the level of consciousness on the plight of Islamic women. Although Tate left the Nation of Islam 10 years ago, Little X: Growing Up in the Nation of Islam continues to serve as a lightning rod of controversy for critical analysis.

The public is encouraged to come and experience this special evening of discussion on the struggles of women in the Nation of Islam. The lecture is free.

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