Tuesday, August 2, 2016

10 things you need to know about Humayun Khan


1. He came to America when he was 2 years old
The Khan family is of Pakistani descent. However, Humayun Khan was born in the United Arab Emirates. His parents, Khizr and Ghazala Khan, moved the family to Silver Spring, Maryland, when Humayun was just 2 years old.
2. In high school, he taught disabled children how to swim
The family's middle child, Humayun reportedly took on the role of comforter early in life. He was described as serious-minded and admirably balanced, with a strong sense of responsibility. In high school, he taught swimming lessons for disabled children. That sense of responsibility -- along with a clear desire to give back to his community -- would lead him to enter the University of Virginia's ROTC program in college.
3. He loved to read books about Thomas Jefferson
In 2005, Khizr Khan told the Washington Post that his son's admiration for the Founding Father who authored the Declaration of Independence sprouted from frequent visits to the Jefferson Memorial as a child. Khan would take Humayun and his two brothers to the domed, ivory structure and have them read the historical words etched into the stone there. Even so, Humayan's attachment to Jefferson outgrew that of his brothers.
4. He graduated from the University of Virginia
According to Khizr Khan, Humayun quoted his favorite Founding Father -- Thomas Jefferson -- in his admissions essay to UVA (which Jefferson founded). Khan told the Washington Post it was a line about "freedom requiring vigilance." The essay obviously struck a chord with the admissions office, because Humayun got in and graduated from the prestigious university four years later, in 2000, with a degree in psychology.
5. His dream was to become a military lawyer
Humayun's father is a lawyer by trade. During his moving speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan stated, "Our son Humayun had dreams, too, of being a military lawyer. But he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers.".............4 MORE

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