Our Services

Over the years ICPIC has served as a vital and valuable resource for the African American Muslim community. From 1991 the Council has successfully collaborated with the School District of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Temple University, University of Penn, the City of Philadelphia, Penn’s Landing Inc., PECO Energy, PA Humanities Council, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, PA Depart. of Community & Economic Development, Scribe Video Center and Keystone First in providing the following:

New Africa Center

The NAC is a Muslim American Museum & Archive. Our primary purpose is to preserve the African American Muslim rich cultural heritage and legacy to pass on to future generations. Visit us here: www.newafricacenter.com

Community Services

ICPIC is the premiere Islamic Cultural organization in the country. We have clearly become an institution within the African American Muslim Community. For example, ICPIC's annual community outreach programs/events and involvement in public education has afforded us recognition and awards from city and state government and community groups. Our July 2016, 24th Annual International Islamic Heritage Festival & Parade at Penn’s Landing and Independence National Park is one of Philadelphia's major and largest multi-ethnic festival series it hosts each year. It is also the largest Islamic Festival in the country attracting 5,000 to 10,000 people yearly and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance estimated it has an $850,000 impact upon the city. Families plan their vacations around it, vendors schedule their calendars to attend every year, Islamic schools, Masjids and Muslim groups in the area avoid scheduling programs on the festival day because it's a community event that the whole community support.

Our Engagement

  • Established the country’s first permanent New Africa Center/Muslim American Museum & Archive, June 2005.

  • PA Common Pleas Court approved transfer and sale of lot at 4239 Lancaster Ave to ICPIC New Africa Center 2021.

  • Mosaic Development Partners LLC & ICPIC New Africa Center formed a partnership to expand the New Africa Ct. 2020

  • Please Touch Museum’s “America to Zanzabar Muslim Cultures Near & Far” showcased Afr. Amer Muslims exhibit 2019

  • PA Historical Museum Commission, Marker Dedication for Muhammad’s Temple #12 located at 4218 Lancaster Ave in the late 50’s & early 60’s, where Malcolm X, Imam W.D. Mohammed were managers and teachers, Aug 2016.

  • PRA approved the transfer of lots 4234, 4236, 4238 & 4240 Lancaster Ave for our New Africa Freedom Square, Oct. 2015.

  • Initiated the Lancaster Ave Historic New Freedom District /Tours and the New Africa Freedom Square, May 2015.

  • Contracted the Community Design Collaborative to develop a proposed Conceptual Design plan to expand the New Africa Center-Muslim American Museum & Archive with the goal of transforming the 4200 block of Lancaster Ave by providing a Mixed Use, Multi-purpose facility that will serve as an anchor for future developments on Lancaster Ave, Rec’d Apr. 2014

  • Purchased the property at 4237 Lancaster Ave to be part of ICPIC’s New Africa Center Expansion plan in Jan. 2013

  • Initiated production, creation and world premier showing of the Re-enactment of the Life & Times of Omar Ibn Sayyid, an African Muslim Scholar Enslaved in America in collaboration with Ahmad Kenya, Actor and Director, Feb 2009.

  • Initiated the creation of several Community Murals on the 4200 block of Lancaster Avenue, August 2008.

  • Cultural Awareness Skill Enrichment (CASE) after school program serving over 1,500 youth at risk since 2007.

  • Produced three mini documentary DVD’s on the history of the Philadelphia African American Muslim Community in collaboration with the Scribe Video Center that was aired on PBS channel 12, Jan. 2008, Jan. 2011 and June 2014.

  • Conducting professional enrichment seminars for over 1,000 teachers from 1996 to 2006.

  • Facilitate Community Feeding and HIV testing in collaboration with the University of Penn and the Philly Feed Inc. on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month, serving over 12,000 resident living in West Philly since January 2012.

  • Professional development 3 credit in-service courses on Islamic Culture for over 500 teachers from 1995 to 2005.

  • Classroom presentations for over 3,000 students since 2005.

  • Arabic Language interactive educational TV programs in partnership with University PA reaching 10,000 households.

  • Initiated the inclusion of Islamic Holidays on the School District of Philadelphia calendar in 2001.

  • Initiated the development of Policy Guidelines addressing the Religious Accommodation Needs of Muslim students within the school district of Philadelphia in 2002.

  • Sponsor’s the country’s largest Annual Islamic Heritage Festivals & City-wide Community Parade at Penn's Landing one of the cities largest ethnic festivals attracting over 5,000 people continually for the past 28 years, since 1993.

  • Sponsor’s the Annual Prayer Service at Independence National Park (Home of the Liberty Bell) during our Festival week.

  • Sponsor’s the Annual City-wide Youth & Family Summit from 1998 to 2010.

  • Sponsor’s the Annual Eid al Fitr Celebration since 2005.

  • Sponsor’s the Annual New Africa, African American History Month Celebration since 2002.

  • Sponsor’s the Annual Women History Month Celebration since 2005.

  • ICPIC/Showcase, a biannual, community/educational resource publication, distribution 20,00

Proclamations, Citations and Community Awards

  • Numerous annual City & State Proclamations recognizing the "International Islamic Heritage Day" 1993 thru 2019.

  • PA Governor Capital Budget RACP grant awarded $1 million towards ICPIC New Africa Center Expansion Plan 2021

  • Philadelphia Commerces Department $250,000 grant award towards ICPIC New Africa Center Expansion Plan 2021

  • Millcreek Community Partnership’s Hip-Hop & Jazz Fest Community Impact Award 2021

  • Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, citation acknowledging the Lancaster Ave New Freedom District & Juneteenth 2021

  • PA State Rep. Ameen Brown citation acknowledging the Lancaster Ave New Freedom District and Juneteenth 2021

  • University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research 13th Annual Red Ribbon Community Service Awards 2016.

  • PA State Senator Vincent Hughes citation acknowledging the Lancaster Ave Historic New Freedom District 2016.

  • Masjidullah of Philadelphia, Health & Human Services Committee, Unsung Heroes Community Service Award 2016.

  • The People’s Emergency Center, Lancaster Ave Jazz Festival Committee, Certificate of Appreciation Award 2016.

  • Compassion Action Foundation, Newark NJ, Honoring Imam W. D. Mohammed Luncheon, Community Service Award 2016.

  • Muslim Journal Newspaper’s Annual, “A Time to be Grateful Awards Banquet”, Legacy Award 2015.

  • Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia recognized the ICPIC New Africa Center as a Zone of Peace 2015.

  • The PA Black Legislative Caucus citation citifying the Lancaster Ave Historic New Freedom District 2015.

  • Moorish Science Temple of America Philadelphia Community Service Awards 2015.

  • Office of PA State Representative Vanessa L. Brown Community Service Awards 2014.

  • Council on American Islamic Relations Philadelphia chapter, Community Service Awards 2010.

  • Moorish Unification Council of the World Community Service Awards 2009.

  • Nathaniel Sabir Scholarship Foundation Community Service Awards 2007.

  • Black Star Community Service Awards 2008.

  • Masjid Mustaqeen, Chester Pa religion Honoree Award 2004.

  • Philadelphia Muslim American Society Hajji’s Committee Honoree award 2001.

  • Islamic Heritage Foundation Community Service Awards in 1998 and 2001.