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The Black Muslim Activist Tearing Down the Boundaries Around Womanhood

Blair Imani gained nation attention when she was arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at a protest.
January 26, 2017, 5:52pm

Twenty-three-year-old Blair Imani gained national attention as a black Muslim activist when she was arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 10 of 2016 during a protest against the killing of Alton Sterling. Her experience in Baton Rouge only strengthened her resolve to fight for justice for people facing discrimination in America. "I want the world to be better than it was when I came into it," Imani said in an interview with Broadly. She works full time for Planned Parenthood at their national office in New York, and spends her lunch breaks working on an organization she founded in 2014: Equality for HER (Health, Education, and Rights), which, according to their website, aims to "generate awareness about issues affecting the global femme community." "Right now I'm gearing up for a bunch of campaigns," she said, explaining one, month-long project involving daily editorials featuring non-binary individuals, transgender women, and anyone who identifies along the spectrum of femininity. We first met at the Women's March in Washington D.C., where Imani had come to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump beside hundreds of thousands of women from across the United States. The march was inclusive of all identities, but she says that women's history generally centers the stories of cisgender women; she wants to "expand the narrative on what it means to be feminine," which is a goal that is central to all of the work that she does as an activist. "As much as I feel like I don't belong," Imani said, "I'm not denied my identity. So many people are." Read more on Broadly