Fencing is not one of the sports that is heavily introduced in the black community or most communities for that matter. It is a European sport that is becoming more diverse with the persistence of one young, black, Muslim woman in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Just like two young black women we now know and love out of Compton, California, Serena and Venus faced the adversity and lack of diversity to dominate the sport of Tennis. According to the Grio, Ibtihaj Muhammad has broken her own barriers in Fencing to earn a spot on the Olympic team last year.
Muhammad is persistent, but frustrated with the lack of diversity in the sport. Being a black, muslim, woman she is opening three doors for women, muslims, and people of color to walk through. Check out her full story below.