US: ‘Generation One’: A Frisco Teen Embraces Her Muslim Roots

Irum Ali decided to wear a hijab to Liberty High School in Frisco. Mark Birnbaum KERA

Growing up in a traditional immigrant family can be rewarding and challenging for kids born in the United States. Meet a Frisco high school student who’s managing to practice her religious faith and be a regular American teenager.

At Liberty High School in suburban Frisco, Irum Ali, an American-born teenager, has decided to wear a hijab. She wrestled with the decision for months.

Irum’s the focus of the last installment in Generation One, an eight-part KERA American Graduate series that launched in November.

“When I was considering starting, there were not many Muslims at my school,” Irum says. “I felt like people would judge me. So I went through a lot of internal [thoughts as to] whether I should do it or not.”

One in three Texas kids is either an immigrant or the child of immigrants. Over the next several weeks, KERA will explore the challenges these children face and the ways North Texas schools are trying to weave them into the American tapestry…