In honor of Black History Month, MuslimGirl gives us a listicle of ten inspiring Black Muslims. As the blog explains, “Being both Black and Muslim is no easy feat. You have twice the barriers, twice the stereotypes and twice the discrimination.”
The list includes:
Keith Ellison is not only the first Muslim congressman to serve in the U.S. Congress but also the first African-American politician to serve from Minnesota. In 2006, he was sworn into office using the Quran.
Nicknamed “The Dream,” Nigerian-American basketball player Hakeem Olajuwon played on the Houston Rockets, and lead the team to back-to-back championships. He is known as one of the greatest centers.
Yassmin Abdel Magied is an engineer and activist, and gave an entertaining (and insightful) Ted Talk last year about unconscious bias. She is also the founder of Youth Without Borders, an organization that enables youth to work for positive change in their communities.