Volunteers of many faiths to hand out hijabs on Nicollet Mall Saturday

Volunteers from many faiths on Saturday will hand out hijabs — the head covering worn by many Muslim women — to passersby on the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis as a way to promote cultural and religious understanding.

The idea came from Fatuma Mohamed, whose plan to overcome stereotypes of culture and faith  was one of three winners in the  2012 Minnesota Idea Open Challenge.

Organizers say more than 50 volunteers will be on the mall between 9th and 11th streets from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. They’ll all wear black or white hijabs as they distribute free hijabs.

The goal: to invite conversations about an often-misunderstood aspect of Muslim faith.

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