Ibtihaj Muhammad - PROUD

Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 4:00pm
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

Ibtihaj Muhammad will be in conversation with Kandice Webber for this event.


Growing up in New Jersey as the only African American Muslim at school, Ibtihaj Muhammad always had to find her own way. When she discovered fencing, a sport traditionally reserved for the wealthy, she had to defy expectations and make a place for herself in a sport she grew to love.

From winning state championships to three-time All-America selections at Duke University, Ibtihaj was poised for success, but the fencing community wasn't ready to welcome her with open arms just yet. As the only woman of color and the only religious minority on Team USA's saber fencing squad, Ibtihaj had to chart her own path to success and Olympic glory.

Proud is a moving coming-of-age story from one of the nation's most influential athletes and illustrates how she rose above it all. This title is available in both adult and young reader versions. 

IBTIHAJ MUHAMMAD is a fencer and the first Muslim American woman in hijab to compete for the United States in the Olympic Games. She is also the first female Muslim American to medal at the Olympic Games, winning bronze in the women's saber 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. LORI L. THARPS is the author of Same Family, Different Colors, among other books. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Glamour, and Essence.

KANDICE WEBBER is a registered nurse who has served the Houston community for over 15 years. She believes education is the neutralizer and cornerstone to success that will bring equity to all marginalized populations. Growing up in rural Texas, she witnessed, first hand, the disparities young Black and Brown people face due to poverty, systemic racism and implicit biases. She is dedicated to fighting for sustainable change that will balance the scales and correct the injustices that have claimed so many Black and Brown lives. Kandice is a lead organizer for Black Lives Matter: Houston. She is also the co-founder of Houston Rising, the organization that created the March for Black Women Houston. Mrs. Webber is the 2018 recipient of the Kristen Capp Social Conscience award and was named one of 6 Houston Activists admired by Houstonia Magazine.

Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream By Ibtihaj Muhammad, Lori Tharps (With) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316518963
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Legacy Lit - July 24th, 2018

Proud (Young Readers Edition): Living My American Dream By Ibtihaj Muhammad Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316477000
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 24th, 2018