Arches and Nur

My name is Madenh Ali Mohsen and I am the daughter of Yemeni immigrants. Currently I teach American History at Oakland International high school and one of the things I love most about my school is my students and the rich history they share. The story of immigrants and the children of immigrants are multifaceted and my flags represent the many doors we enter living those lives. Yemeni doors are traditionally arched and I wanted that represented in my flag as well as the calm of the blue sky and the moon. The duel arches represent my identity as an American and as a Yemeni and the balance and merger of the two lives. The moon is an important symbol in Islam; it determines the beginning and end of a month. Its beauty and the power it posses with nature fascinates me. The black and yellow geometric structure represents the Kabah, which is a building at the center of Islam's most sacred mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the most sacred Muslim site in the world and Islam is an important part of my life.