Interview with Karima Jordon
QUESTION 16
LOUIS MASSIAH:

You were born Theresa Jordon. How did you, how did you get your name?

KARIMA JORDON:

I was born Theresa Jordon that's true. But slaves names was out. You know, you remember, Jordon was the slave master's name and Theresa was some, I don't know. So everybody adopted African names. I adopted mine from a book that I, in a summer program, I read a book on African civilizations and one of the women in that book was Nabaweya and so I though Nabaweya was a great name and was woman prophet. And Weusi, my name was Nabaweya Weusi, Weusi meant Black. So, ah, I adopted that name. Everybody called me Nabi. But I met an African brother who said to me that I was not an African prophet, a woman prophet, and that was sacrilege, you know, so he decided to name me Karima, which is a person in the Koran who did good deeds for the prophet Mohammed. So I didn't oppose to it. One name to me was better, just as good as the other, as long as it was African. So I kept the name Karima.