About 75 people showed up for the two-day event, organized by the Institute of African American Research. Among them was Umar Muhammad, a former assistant basketball coach at N.C. Central University in Durham.
"I came here to learn about how both religious traditions have common solutions to the problems of African-Americans," said Muhammad, who is Muslim and lives in Durham.
As a sports consultant to young black men, he said, he wanted to be in a better position to offer spiritual solutions to some of the questions the men are asking.
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