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CAIR Supports Removal of Mississippi Confederate Monument, Welcomes New Policy Allowing Hijab Without Waiver for Student Athletes in Tennessee

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/11/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today offered its support for a move by the Harrison County Board of Supervisors in Mississippi to vote to remove a Confederate monument and welcomed a Tennessee association’s vote to allow student athletes to wear hijab without seeking a waiver.  

In Mississippi, the Harrison County Board of Supervisors will vote on whether to remove the Confederate monument that has stood outside the county courthouse since 1911. The issue has been debated since June, resulting in two protests.  

SEE: Will the Confederate monument come down in Harrison County? Supervisors set to vote.

In Tennessee, the association that oversees high school and junior high school sports approved an addition to its rules to allow athletes with religious headwear to play without seeking a waiver. The amended bylaws were unanimously approved by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) on Thursday and will go into effect immediately.  

The addition states: “Religious headwear is permitted, provided it is not abrasive, hard, or dangerous to the participant and any other player, and must be attached in such a way it is highly unlikely to come off during play. Religious headwear does not need to comply with any of the color restrictions defined in applicable sport uniform codes.” 

SEE: Tennessee Association Amends Rules for Hijab-Wearing School Athletes 

Tennessee high school athletes can now wear religious headwear without getting TSSAA permission first

CAIR previously called for Tennessee to change its rules on religious headwear for players after a hijab wearing athlete was disqualified from a sporting event.  

Video: CAIR Calls for National Rule Change After Tenn. Muslim Athlete Barred from Game Over Hijab 

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said: 

“All Americans should stand with those seeking to remove barriers to a just society that rejects racism, respects diversity and promotes inclusion.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.        

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.    


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Manager Ayan Ajeen, 

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