According to Pew Research Center, only about 2 percent of Black Americans identify as Muslim. Although Black Muslims represent a small portion of the population, first-time author Aaliyah Bilal believes their stories are an essential part of the country’s narrative. In her book “Temple Folk,” Bilal tells a series of short stories from the perspective of Black Muslim Americans. Producer Tamika Cody traveled to Cincinnati to learn how Bilal’s own life experiences contributed to the book.

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