Ilhan Omar represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The first Somali-American Member of Congress, the first woman of colour to represent Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress. Born in Mogadishu, Omar and her family fled war-torn Somalia and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp before securing asylum in the U.S. and arriving in New York in 1995.

In this unique conversation with rapper and activist Lowkey, Omar will discuss her own incredible story and how the challenges, trauma and fear she has faced have shaped her political life, alongside her autobiography This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman.

Join Omar and Lowkey as they explore American idealism and identity, liberation movements and advocating for the rights of the people, and why Omar’s presence in US politics commands confrontation from the establishment, despite which, Omar continues to believe in the potential for change within the US political system.

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About The Speakers

Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar became the United States’ first Somali-American legislator in 2016 when she was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives. Two years later she was elected to Congress as the Representative for Minnesota’s 5th district. She is a mother of three and her autobiography This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman was published in May 2020.

Lowkey

Lowkey is a hip hop artist and political campaigner who has worked with Immortal Technique, Wretch 32, Akala, Dead Prez and Outlawz. His most recent album Soundtrack to the Struggle 2 featured Noam Chomsky, Frankie Boyle and Ken Loach alongside musicians like Maverick Sabre and his been streamed millions of times. His forthcoming album, the third and final part of the trilogy, promises to break further ground for independent political music.