Muslim Student At DC March

Muslim Student At DC March Is Shepard Fairey’s Poster Come To Life

 

WASHINGTON — Nour Obeidallah bought her American flag hijab long before she decided to attend the Women’s March on Washington. Wearing it on Saturday, with a cardboard cutout framing her in the center, she bore a striking resemblance to the “we the people” posters designed for the event by graphic artist Shepherd Fairy.

“I feel a little overwhelmed,” Obeidallah told TPM about her experience at the march. “It’s amazing that this many people came out, not just to support women’s rights and preserving Planned Parenthood but for so many varied causes.”

 

A New York University student considering an economics degree, Obeidallah came to D.C. on an all-expenses trip organized by the university’s Asia Pacific Institute.

“I’d never been to D.C. And I thought it would be cool having my first time here being a protest against it,” she said.

Dozens of marchers stopped to take her picture. When a man walked by carrying the Fairey poster, she gamely posed with it as several cameraphones clicked.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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