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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

Forgive Me

  • 2015
  • Activism

Muna Adan’s poem, “Forgive Me,” is pointed in its observation of social injustice. At times starkly painful and viscerally evocative, it is thoroughly emblematic of the adversity she has faced, as well as the strength and bravery with which she faces these obstacles.

Muna is an 18-year-old student who, in the midst of adversity, began to convey her emotions through poetry. Growing up as a black Muslim woman, Muna has dealt with many forms of discrimination, but instead of allowing the abhorrence of others to consume her, she decided to become a voice for change—a leader. After finding herself and overcoming these difficult times, poetry became a great part of her life. By the end of her junior year in high school, Muna began to perform at numerous events where she utilized her love for poetry, writing, and motivational speaking to advocate for social justice. Her faith in the integrity of humanity encourages her not to abandon the change that she desires to implement. Muna now attends the University of Southern Maine, where she double majors in Communications and Media Studies.