Karen Dabdoub is a convert to Islam.

Friday morning, just minutes before Donald Trump took the oath of office, Dabdoub spoke to a group of 50 people in a pro-diversity event.

"This time in our country is like when a tornado hits a community," said Dabdoub, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Cincinnati Office since 2004. "There is devastation. But eventually people come out their houses."

She paused to fight back tears. She apologized for letting emotion challenge her composure.

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