In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, 23-year-old Kalima Haneef remembers her grandmother, Najiyyah Shaheed, with her uncle Shalaby Shaheed.
Her grandmother went from dropping out of school at a young age to pick cotton in order to survive, to being the business owner of Shaheed’s African and Islamic Wear in St. Petersburg. She passed away in 2005 but she remains alive in her family’s hearts.
Kalima and Shalaby talk about Najiyyah Shaheed’s love for fashion, her African and Muslim culture, and the love she shared with those nearest her.
"Prayer from the Qu’ran" as sung by Kalima Haneef
This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.
StoryCorps Tampa Bay airs every Monday on WUSF 89.7 at 8:44 a.m. during Morning Edition and at 5:44 p.m. during All Things Considered.