Linguist, lexicographer, radio host, public speaker

“A Single Alphabet Bridges Children’s Two Cultures” by Corey Kilgannon from

;One photograph showed Mohamed Ferhani, 15, demonstrating the word “salaam,” or peace, by posing in a large hooded sweatshirt and flashing peace signs with his hands, rapper-style. Toward the end of the event, Mohamed sauntered in, wearing the same large sweatshirt, hood up. The sounds of 50 Cent blasted from his earphones. His ethnic pride is not compromised by his love of American culture, he insisted. “I’m the fresh Algerian,” he said, and sauntered away.

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Grant Barrett