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The Je’Nan Hayes Story

  • Rollins Congressional Club 1621 Martha Terrace Rockville, MD, 20852 United States (map)

We are excited to partner with Color of Change to share Je’Nan Hayes’s story. Je’Nan, a member of the NWMI community and student in Montgomery County Public Schools, was denied play time during regional basketball finals because she was wearing hijab. The rule that was cited is so rarely enforced that neither Je’Nan nor her coach had ever heard of it until the championship game. Je’Nan and her family lobbied  the State of Maryland, which agreed this past week to rescind the obscure rule and now allows student athletes that wear head coverings for religious purposes.The fight continues, however, because Je’Nan and her family are working towards having the rule rescinded on the national level.

The event will feature Je’Nan, who will share her story, her mother Salamah (Carlitta), who will share her experiences as a parent, as well as Jade Magnus Ogunnaike, Media and Economic Justice campaign manager at Color of Change, who led the digital campaign to support Je’Nan.

This program is free and open to the public. However, we ask that you register in advance to reserve your spot. Please note, as this is a family-friendly event, children are welcome, but there will be no child care provided.

Please register here.

In addition to Je’Nan and Salamah (Carlitta), our panelists include:


Jade Magnus Ogunnaike is a Media and Economic Justice campaign manager at Color Of Change. As a Los Angeles native and Howard University graduate, she is dedicated to Black liberation and the centering of Black women and girls. In college, she began organizing with the Children's Defense Fund, focusing on youth development and voter registration. Prior to her work at Color Of Change, she worked at several SEIU locals, leading Fight for 15 work, developing alternative organizing structures and worked closely with member leaders.