The Rogue Community College Diversity Programming Board, this week is sponsoring two free performances of "We're Muslims, Don't Panic" by internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer, teacher and American Muslim, Amirah Sackett. The sessions will be held:
Tuesday, April 18, 6-7 p.m. in the Rogue Auditorium, Redwood Campus, Grants Pass.
Wednesday, April 19, 11 a.m. to noon in Building C, Riverside Campus, 130 E. Eighth St., Medford.
Joined by dancers Iman and Khadijah, Sackett leads the dancing trio in the performances, which are intended to counter stereotypes and increase understanding of Muslims.
In the past year, a video of “We’re Muslims, Don't Panic” went viral with millions of views on multiple sites. The Huffington Post recently featured Sackett in an article titled, "17 Muslim American Women Who Made America Great in 2016."
In a press release, 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” performances at the two RCC campuses will be followed by discussions with the audience of misconceptions about Muslims, and Muslim women in particular. Sackett will also offer a free dance workshop following each performance.