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Tulsan Who Won Supreme Court Headscarf Challenge Joins President Obama For Annual Iftar Dinner

President Obama dines with young Muslim leader's during Monday's annual Iftar celebration at the White House.
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President Obama dines with young Muslim leader's during Monday's annual Iftar celebration at the White House.

Samantha Elauf, the Muslim woman from Tulsa who won a Supreme Court case against clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch after they didn't hire her when she showed up to a job interview wearing a headscarf, dined with President Obama Monday night during the White House's annual Iftar dinner.

It’s the seventh Iftar hosted by the president, a breaking of the fast at sunset during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Elauf was one of eight guests seated at the president’s table during the event with a special focus this year on young leaders and women.

“She was determined to defend the right to wear a hijab – to have the same opportunities as everybody else,” Obama told attendees gathered in the East Room. “She went all the way to the Supreme Court – which I didn’t do at her age – and she won.”

The high court sided with Elauf, who wore the headscarf in accordance with her religion.

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Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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