Fatou-Seydi Sarr was born in Senegal, but she now calls Detroit her home.
She brings her experiences as a black African Muslim immigrant woman to her work in social justice and human rights in metro Detroit.
Sarr is the founder and executive director of ABISA, African Bureau for Immigration and Social Affairs. She also leads the Springboard to Excellence youth leadership program focused on personal and career development with young women in the eighth grade.
Sarr joined Stateside to reflect on the challenges she faced when she immigrated to Michigan, what integrating into the African-American community was like, why she started ABISA and Springboard to Excellence, and the importance of instilling a sense of self in the children of immigrants.