Meet Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic fencer, the first Muslim American woman in hijab to compete for the United States in the Olympic Games and the first female Muslim American to medal at the Olympic Games, winning bronze in the women's sabre team event. Named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, she serves as a sports ambassador for the U.S. State Department, cofounded Athletes for Impact and the clothing company Louella, and inspired the first hijabi Barbie in her likeness.
In both the youth edition (which includes advice for young readers and is abridged especially for younger readers) and adult edition of her new book Proud, Ibtihaj tells her moving all-American tale of how she overcame obstacles and racism on the way to following her dream.
Come to hear Ibtihaj share stories from her unforgettable and inspiring tale of perseverance. Raised by a police officer and an elementary school teacher in New Jersey with five siblings, Ibtihaj sought out sports as a means to fund college - and fencing was one of the only sports in which she could participate in modest dress. She was fast, hardworking, and devoted to her faith. But in a sport most popular with privileged young white people, Ibtihaj often felt out of place. Rivals and teammates (as well as coaches and officials) pointed out her differences, insisting she would never succeed. Yet Ibtihaj powered on, rising above bigotry and other struggles on the path to success.
Both editions of Proud share Muhammad’s motivating journey from a young outsider to a national hero. Her story is a relatable, memorable tale of hard work, determination, and self-reliance.
This event is for all ages. Come and be inspired.