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Guide to the Muslims in Brooklyn oral histories 2018.006

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Oral History Interview with Stacey Salimah-Bell, October 9, 2018

Biographical / Historical

Stacey Salimah-Bell was born in 1963 in Brooklyn. She was raised in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn. She spent more than twenty years working for the New York City Department of Correction, eventually rising to the rank of Captain. She was involved in a successful class action lawsuit against the New York City Department of Corrections for sexual harassment. She was a founding member of the American Muslim Law Enforcement Officers Association in 2001 and Muslims Employed in City Corrections Association, Inc. in 2006. She also served as Vice President for the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Stacey Salimah-Bell discusses her family, particularly regarding their relocation to New York City during the Great Migration; her memories of her grandmother; and her relationship with her husband. She speaks at length about her tenure in the New York City Department of Correction, including the successful class action lawsuit she joined over sexual harassment; her efforts to secure accommodations for religious clothing; being a founding members of the American Muslim Law Enforcement Officers Association and Muslims Employed in City Corrections Association, Inc.; and being at Ground Zero during the September 11 terrorist attack in 2001. She expands on converting to Islam as a young woman; attending Masjid Abdul Muhsi Khalifah; and changes in the her religious beliefs and practices over time. She also talks about her work with the Girl Scouts. Interview conducted by Liz H. Strong.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview can be accessed onsite at Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online at the Oral History Portal.

Subject Names

  • Salimah-Bell, Stacey

Subject Organizations

  • American Muslim Law Enforcement Officers Association
  • Girl Scouts of the United States of America
  • Manhattan House of Detention (New York, N.Y.)
  • Masjid Abdul Muhsi Khalifah (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Muslims Employed in City Corrections, Inc. (New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • African American Muslims -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Class actions (Civil procedure) -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Clothing and dress -- Religious aspects -- Islam
  • Correctional institutions -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Correctional personnel -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Hijab (Islamic clothing) -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Islam -- Customs and practices
  • Islamophobia -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Muslim converts from Christianity -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Religion and culture
  • Religion in the workplace -- New York (State) -- New York
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
  • Sexual harassment in law enforcement -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Sexual harassment of women -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Women in Islam -- New York (State) -- New York

Subject Places

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Bensonhurst (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)