Iman Ilias was a freshman at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland when she wrote I am the Night Sky. She is a second generation Pakistani Muslim American. She’s a biryani and popcorn-holic :). Iman has been so honored and grateful to be a part of this project, because the fact of the matter is that Muslim Americans are a group that have yet to show who they really are and what they really want. But at the end of the day, the effort of I am the Night Sky was not about discrimination, or civil rights, or even minority representation. It was about a group of bright minds from different experiences and different outlooks coming together to show what their lives are truly like.
“What I hope people get out of my piece is that it’s okay to be more than one thing. It’s perfectly fine, and enriching, in fact, to have a hyphenated identity. Being Muslim and a normal American teenager aren’t mutually exclusive, but then again, neither are any other two identifications. This is for anyone who’s ever felt different, and who needs to be reminded that that’s a beautiful thing.”
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