(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 4/4/2019) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations Oklahoma Chapter (CAIR-OK) will hold its 13th Annual Awards Banquet this Saturday, April 6, at 6:00pm at the Hilton Garden Inn and Edmond Conference Center.
SEE: 13th Annual Awards Banquet Event Page
The Awards Banquet will feature award-winning racial justice and civil rights activist and community organizer Linda Sarsour. Sarsour is the former Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and the co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change. She is a member of the Justice League NYC, a leading force of activists, artists, youth and formerly incarcerated individuals committed to criminal justice reform through direct action and policy advocacy. Most recently, she was one of the national co-chairs of the largest single day protest in US history, the Women’s March on Washington. She has been named amongst 500 of the most influential Muslims in the world.
Entertainment will be provided by Moses the Comic, a comedian who has toured and/or performed domestic and internationally with superstar entertainers Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, and Snoop Dogg. Respected scholar and national pundit Hassan Shibly, Executive Director of CAIR Florida, will provide a motivational address.
The Banquet will also honor two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their community with a Lifetime Achievement Award and an Oklahoma Muslim of the Year Award, an honor given to a person nominated by his or her own peers.
The recipient of this year’s Lifetime Acheivement Awards will be longtime Ada, OK, residents Dr. Tawfik and Siham Ramadan. Receiving the Oklahoma Muslim of the Year Award will be Dr. Khalid Alzubi of Oklahoma City.
“This Awards Banquet is a time for us to come together as a community and honor the work of our past, while at the same time looking forward to the future of our organization,” said Executive Director Adam Soltani.
“In a time of unprecedented Islamophobia as well as several acts of hate crimes taking place all over the state, it is increasingly important for the Muslim community to have pride in its accomplishments and to share in celebrations together.”
Community Outreach Director Natasha Saya says CAIR-OK anticipates attendance at over 450.
CAIR-Oklahoma is a chapter of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.