America Inside Out with Katie Couric

Share Your Story!



To spotlight and amplify Muslim American voices, join MALA’s campaign to elevate public dialogue on Muslim-American identity in the 21st Century. 
In the spirit of this inspiring episode and series, share your story with us: what is it really like to be Muslim in America? Selected stories will be shared by MALA and National Geographic.


Use the form below to share your story (400-1000 words) describing your personal “Muslim American Journey,” under one of the following themes:

  • Identity: How do you choose to define yourself? What experiences have shaped your individual identity journey? How has your identity evolved?
  • Freedom: How do you navigate America’s open society? Have there been any challenges in balancing your personal heritage with American culture?
  • Immigration: What did you leave behind when you came to America? How you are seizing opportunities to live in freedom in America?


Eligibility: we ask that you be: A United States resident; At least 18 years old.



AMERICA INSIDE OUT WITH KATIE COURIC is a new six-part documentary series premiering on National Geographic this April. MALA is most excited about the episode The Muslim Next Door, which airs on Wednesday April 18th, at 10/9c.

The campaign aims to empower the narrative of Muslim Americans’ vast and thriving contribution to the diverse fabric of our nation’s society.

Muslims in America are stepping into the spotlight and a new generation is being loud and proud about its heritage. At the same time, anti-Muslim sentiment, rhetoric and hate crimes are higher now than after Sept. 11, 2001.

In The Muslim Next Door, Katie Couric begins the journey with comedian and actor Aasif Mandvi to learn more about why this moment is a time of great pressure, and opportunity, for Muslim Americans. She spends time with a Muslim community in Raleigh, North Carolina, reeling from a tragic hate crime; meets a glamorous young model who is a Somali refugee; hangs out in Brooklyn with a Muslim hip-hop artist, Olympic medalist and tech entrepreneur; and tells the story of a doctor in rural Minnesota who is taking it upon himself to fight the misunderstanding that has subjected his children and wife to bullying.


*By submitting this entry, I agree that the submitted essay is my own original work and that the information I have provided in my application is truthful and accurate. I hereby grant MALA and/or National Geographic the right to reprint my essay and photograph on its website and in any other print or online publication it chooses. Read our full Terms of Service here.