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We’re Muslims, Don’t Panic

American Muslim, Amirah Sackett hip hop dancer A Muslim woman performing hip-hop? What? Breaking stereotypes can be the first step to understanding. The Rogue Community College (RCC) Diversity Programming Board (DPB) invites the public to two free performances by internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer, teacher and American Muslim, Amirah Sackett, for two days in April.

Joined with two other dancers, Iman and Khadijah, Sackett leads the dancing trio in “We’re Muslims, Don’t Panic.” The objective of the performance, and of Sackett’s acclaimed work, is to change common stereotypes about Muslim women by educating people about hijabs, a Muslim style of dress, and to increase an understanding and tolerance for Muslims in our nation’s cities and schools.

American Muslim, Amirah Sackett hip hop dancerIn the past year “We’re Muslims...” reached viral video fame with millions of views on multiple sites. The Huffington Post recently featured her in an article titled, "17 Muslim American Women Who Made America Great in 2016." Sackett says, “The hip-hop culture gives a voice to those often unheard and is a way to uplift, inspire, and bring change to those communities that need it the most.”

The “We’re Muslims, Don’t Panic” performance at RCC will be followed by discussions with the audience of misconceptions about Muslim women in particular. Amirah Sackett will also offer a  free dance workshop following each performance.

American Muslim, Amirah Sackett hip hop dancer on stageThere will be no charge for the DPB-sponsored event on the following dates, times, and locations:

  • April 18, 2017, 6-7 p.m. RWC, Rogue Auditorium.
  • April 19, 11 a.m. - noon at the Riverside Campus, Building C.

The College urges everyone to enjoy one of these entertaining and informational sessions.

For more information, contact Katy Wicks at kwicks@roguecc.edu or 541-956-7201.

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