In the 1960s, the term "American Muslim" tended to refer to members of the Nation of Islam, a black nationalist group that thrived during the tumultuous years of the civil rights movement. But shifting demographics have altered that image, which has been replaced by portrayals of Muslims as immigrants — stereotypes fueled by a new set of politics and national security anxieties.
Now, only about 9 percent of America's Muslims are black and native-born.
Not so in Philadelphia, where local Muslim leaders say the majority of Muslims are still black.
Washington Post photographer Salwan Georges and I traveled to Philadelphia in conjunction with Thursday's front page story about a dwindling community of black Muslims — descendants of the Nation of Islam — in rural Mississippi.