Dalilah Muhammad, featured in Nike 'Equality' campaign, speaks about executive order
When she was featured in Nike's new "Equality" campaign, Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad said it was important for her to use her platform to speak up.
An American Muslim from Bayside, New York, Muhammad has spoken out about President Donald Trump's recent executive order on immigration.
"I think it's unfortunate and it kind of makes me a little bit worried, just because we travel so much back and forth out of the country -- and having the name Muhammad attached to me -- it's a little scary almost," Muhammad told LetsRun.com before Saturday's NYRR Millrose Games on Friday. "It's just unfortunate."
Muhammad's comments came days before she, along with Serena Williams, Megan Rapinoe, LeBron James and several other high-profile athletes, were featured in a new Nike campaign that promotes equality on and off the playing field. In the 90-second spot, Muhammad is seen running with a group of women, two of whom are wearing hijabs.
Muhammad, who won Olympic gold in the women's 400-meter hurdles, spoke about the importance of her role as an athlete to speak up for others.
"Being a Muslim woman, being a black woman, just being a woman in general," she said in a behind-the-scenes look at Nike's ad, "we have so many things fighting against us already, so it's important to be that voice for someone else."
One of her fellow countrywomen, Ibtihaj Muhammad, an Olympic bronze medalist (team fencing) who became the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, was stopped at U.S. customs for two hours last month.
"Even though I represent Team USA and I have that Olympic hardware," Ibtihaj said earlier this week, "it doesn't change how you look and how people perceive you."