This is a great piece in the Atlanta Blair Star. It corrects many of the inaccuracies that were reported in the wake of New York Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s death.
Despite reports stating that she was the first Muslim judge in the US, her family says she never actually converted, but rather took her first husband’s surname.
Atlanta Black Star By Cecilia Smith:
The investigation into the death of Sheila Abdus-Salaam continues. Reported missing by her husband on April 11, she was found in the Hudson River just a day later in what police said then was an apparent suicide but now believe to be suspicious.
Abdus-Salaam, who was the first Black woman to serve as an associate judge on the New York Court of Appeals, also was the first African-American judge on New York’s highest court. She was appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who responded to her death by describing her as a “trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all.