The Muslim American Society (MAS) Milwaukee held its 12th Annual Conference on March 30 and 31 at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport. The Wisconsin Muslim Journal attended the two-day program, recording keynote speakers and photo documenting the event which also served as a community platform. This feature is part of an editorial series put together to highlight the many important topics that were discussed by national leaders over the weekend.

A Wisconsin native, Dalia unexpectedly attended this years conference with her sister Yasmin, and presented a moving speech to the audience as an introduction.

She is best known outside of non-Muslim circles for her 2016 TED Talk about what it is like being a Muslim in America, a compelling speech about choosing empathy over prejudice. Dalia was selected as an advisor by U.S. President Barack Obama on the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and is focused on fighting misperceptions of her faith in the news media.

“When you look at me, what do you see? A woman of faith? A scholar, a mom, a sister? Or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist?” – Dalia Mogahed

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