Good day everyone. It’s the end of the beginning day of the week. Hope all of you had a fantastic weekend.
I had a chance to watch the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics and watch the greatest 2 moments in Olympic history.
The first American Muslim woman to compete wearing a hijab. I was so happy when I found out that she would be competing with Team USA. I cheered her on in my living room and Twitter as shown below:
There are some people bashing online to Ibtihaj because of her hijab but those same people are supporting Malala Yousafzai and her fight in women’s literacy. My question to haters out there: You’ll hate on Ibtihaj Muhammad because she’s the first American Muslim woman to compete wearing a hijab, but you won’t say anything bad about Malala wearing the same?
Let’s also not forget that at the age of 17, she won and accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.
Here is what I think about haters on Twitter and it’s the truth.
Ibtihaj witnessed the hate surrounding her ethnicity and religion, and still accepting an academic scholarship to Duke University. Her drive for sportsmanship and the love for being accepted in a sport where she can enjoy and being true to herself is a story to be told. When she’s not fencing, Ibtihaj runs a business with her siblings called Louella, a modest fashion boutique: http://www.louellashop.com/
A message to ATF followers and the world: Regardless of what you wear on your head and body, your dreams are valid. No matter where you are from it doesn’t determine where you should end up.
Click on this link to know more about Ibtihaj’s rise to the Rio Olympics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV_hpWxov8U
Refugee Olympic Team
A team of 10, which consists of 4 women and 6 men are competing under the Olympic flag.
Yusra Mardini, Rami Anis, Popole Misenga, Yonas Kinde, Yolande Bukasa Mabika, Yiech Pur Biel, Paulo Amotun Lokoro, James Chiengjiek, Angelina Nadai Lohalith, Rose Nathike Lokonyen.
The world wants peace. Refugee Olympic Team 2016 has brought peace this August. When there is violence, people will find ways of healing because hatred will always have loopholes that will be filled with hope.
I am proud of #IbtihajMuhammad of competing with #TeamUSA for #RioOlympics2016.
I am proud of the #RefugeeOlympicTeam that are bringing together change and showing the world what they are made of.
Check out their stories on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/06/sport/rio-2016-refugee-team-olympics-syria/index.html
Both topics that were discussed in this post are examples of CHANGE-AGENTS.
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