West Springfield, MA, August 10, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Muslim author and international educator Umm Juwayriyah launched the #MuslimGirlsRead Ramadhan 2017 Book Fund, a national literary initiative to raise money for books for inner-city Muslim schools across the United States during the holy month.
The Ramadhan fundraiser was supported by many American Muslim authors, educators, and journalists including educational consultant Saba N. Taylor, author Sahar AbdulAziz, Layla Abdullah-Poulos, author and owner of Djarabi Kitabs Publishing (DKP), Papatia Feauxzar.
With over $750 raised, #MuslimGirlsRead and Author Umm Juwayriyah was able to send new Muslim fiction to Muslim schools in Boston, Baltimore, Houston, and Los Angeles. For some of the schools, the book packages will help create their school's library and for the other schools the new books by Muslim authors will be a welcomed addition.
Author Umm Juwayriyah founded the #MuslimGirlsRead initiative to get Muslim girls reading, thinking, and eventually making important impacts in the world around them. The Ramadhan fundraiser is just one step to help increase literacy skills in Muslim communities.
About the Author: Umm Juwayriyah (Maryam A.Sullivan) is a native of Springfield, Massachusetts and is a second generation American Muslim urban educator, business owner, and storyteller. She is the author of Tried & Tested, The Size of a Mustard Seed, Hind's Hands ~ A Story About Autism, and The Princess and the Good Deed. Umm Juwayriyah has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a recipient of the Lorraine Hansberry Award from Holyoke Community College and a Spirit Award from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Her writing and short stories have been featured in a number of Muslim and non Muslim publications around the world. She is also the Editor-in-Chief for the New England Muslim Women's Association and the founder of the literary initiative #MuslimGirlsRead. Umm Juwayriyah holds a Bachelors degree with honors from Bay Path University and a Masters of Arts degree with honors from Regis University.