Proud: Living My American Dream: Young Readers Editionby Ibtihaj Muhammad with Lori L. Tharps
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- Grades: 6 - 12
- Ages: 11 - and up
As the only woman of color and the only religious minority on Team USA’s saber fencing squad, Ibtihaj Muhammad had to chart her own path to success—and Olympic glory.
Inspiring Memoir of Faith and Perseverance, Real-Life Photos, Motivational Advice from the Author, Heartfelt Award-Winner
Topics and Themes:
Muslim Americans, Fencing, Olympics, Coming of Age, Faith, Family, Hard Work
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Growing up in suburban New Jersey, Ibtihaj was often the only African American Muslim student in her class. When she discovered and fell in love with fencing, a sport most popular with affluent young white people, she stood out even more. Rivals and teammates often pointed out Ibtihaj’s differences, telling her she would never succeed. Yet she powered on, rising above bigotry and other obstacles on the path to pursue her dream.
Ibtihaj’s inspiring journey from humble beginnings to the international stage is told in her own words and enhanced with helpful advice and never-before-published photographs. Proud is an all-American tale of faith, family, hard work, and self-reliance.