She was born Bobby Jean Belton, on December 3, 1940, in Greensboro, North Carolina. She grew up in an all Black community and left home to come to New York in 1959, after hearing so many stories about Harlem. She wanted to see the "Black Mecca" of the world and she's lived in Harlem over 40 years. She received an Associate's Degree from Malcolm/King College-1986 and obtained a Bachelor's Degree from College of New Rochelle (Rosa Parks Campus) in 1993. She had her name changed to Mumina Bint As-Sunni, to take back the name Sunni, sometimes spelled Sonni, etc. Her father's ancestor Sonni was brought over on one of the slave ships. He was taken to the British Colony of Maryland and later sent to Fairfield County, South Carolina. Once there he was enslaved on the Belton Plantion. The family has his slave tags. They are kept in a security vault in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her dream is to write down some of the stories passed down to her and other family members. Ms. As-Sunni's poetry, on the other hand, is a gift. She adds, "I actually dream about ideas for poems sometime. I pray that everything will work out fine."
You can contact Ms. As-Sunni via e-mail at Princessmumina@aol.com or by sending an e-mail to TimBookTu and it will be forwarded.