12th Annual Awards Banquet ‘Coming Full Circle: Embracing our past, empowering our future.’
Join us on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 for our 12th Annual CAIR Oklahoma Awards Banquet.
The theme of this year’s banquet is “Coming Full Circle: Embracing the past, empowering the future”
Early-bird registration from now until February 28th. Ticket Prices will increase on March 1st, 2018.
Keynote Speaker – Imam Khalid Latif
Khalid Latif is Executive Director and Chaplain (Imam) for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU).
In 2005, Imam Latif was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU. At NYU, Khalid initiated his vision for a pluralistic American Muslim community, rooted on campus and reaching out to the city. In 2006, Imam Latif was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at Princeton University. In 2007, Imam Latif’s position was fully institutionalized at New York University, and so he committed himself to that institution and the building of a Muslim life institution. Today’s Islamic Center is a leader among American Muslim organizations, uniquely shaped to contribute to the future of Muslim practice in the West.
Imam Latif’s exceptional dedication and ability to cross faith and cultural boundaries on a daily basis brought him recognition throughout the city, so much so that in 2007, Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated Imam Latif to become the youngest chaplain in history of the New York City Police Department. He was 24. Since then, Imam Latif has dedicated himself to America’s largest Police Department, and has developed tremendously valuable skills as a spokesperson for co-existence, mutual understanding and productive relationships between cultures, communities and religions.
Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Jeremy McLellan is a rising star in the standup comedy world. He was just honored as a “New Face of Comedy” at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and won the 2015 and 2016 Charleston Standup Comedy Competition and was named Best Local Comic in the Charleston City Paper.
A devout Christian with a passion for social justice, Jeremy is a staple at interfaith events around the world. He recently completed sold-out tours in the United States, UK, and Pakistan.
Hassan Shibly, the son of Syrian immigrants, was raised in Buffalo New York. His father, an oral surgeon, and mother, an orthodontist, instilled in Hassan an immigrant’s wonder and determination.
Hassan graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in Political Science concentrating on International Relations. He subsequently graduated amongst the top of his class from the University at Buffalo Law School. During his time in Law School, Hassan served as a Public Interest Law Fellow and on the Human Rights Advisory Committee. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in December 2011. Additionally, Hassan was admitted to practice in Florida’s federal courts in April 2012. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Director for CAIR Florida.
He has appeared numerous times in both local and national media outlets including CNN, NPR, Voice of America, the New York Times, the Toronto Star and the Buffalo News for his work protecting civil liberties and promoting understanding of the Muslim faith. He runs a successful academic publishing company focusing on the traditional Islamic sciences, and is the founder of the Center for American Muslim Understanding. Hassan’s work has earned him the attention of various Islamophobic publications, which criticize Hassan for “deceiving the American People” by “promoting a peaceful and tolerant image of Islam.”
Rev. Lori Walke
Master of Ceremonies
Rev. Lori Allen Walke, a native of the Bible Belt and raised a Baptist, preaches and teaches progressive Christianity with a Southern style. Now serving as the Associate Minister at Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, Lori was a scholarship athlete for Oklahoma State University, where she received her undergraduate degree in Political Science (2005) and graduate degree in Health Care Administration (2006). Passionate about social justice and the public good, she earned her juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2009 and passed the Oklahoma Bar exam the same year. Like many in the Millennial Generation, Lori was brought up as a conservative Christian and grew dissatisfied with traditional answers and expectations. After sifting through the good, the bad, and the ugly, she still felt an undeniable pull towards the Church and parish ministry. She earned her Masters of Divinity from Philips Theological Seminary (2011) and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2012. She is a member of the UCC’s Next Generation Leadership Initiative, a 20-year focus on energizing and sustaining younger, emerging UCC local church pastors. Lori lives in Oklahoma City with her philosophy-loving attorney spouse, Collin Walke, and their beloved mutt, Tenzin.