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7th Annual Banquet: Upholding our Constitution, Defending our Faith
April 13, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CAIR Oklahoma’s 7th Annual Awards Banquet will take place on April 13, 2013. In our 7th year, CAIR Oklahoma is asking you to join us as we honor our inspirational heroes, reflect on our past year’s endeavors, and embrace a promising future.
Imam Johari Abdul-Malik: Outreach Director, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center
Twitter: @imamjohari Facebook: facebook.com/786imamjohari
Imam Johari Abdul-Malik serves as the director of Community Outreach for the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center. He was the first Muslim Chaplain installed at Howard University. The imam is the former chair of Government Relations for the Muslim Alliance in North America [MANA founded by Imam Siraj Wahhaj] and is the founding President of the Muslim Society of Washington, DC Inc.
Find out more about Imam Johari Abdul-Malik at www.imamjohari.com
Omar Regan: Comedian & Actor
Twitter: @omarregan Website: www.omarregan.com
Omar Regan was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He started writing songs at the age of 9, and debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11. In November of 1999, Regan jumped on stage as a stand-up comic in local Detroit Comedy Clubs and soon after receiving a part in a commercial, left Detroit for Hollywood in search of an acting career.
In 2001, Regan was offered and accepted the role as Photo Double for Chris Tucker in the movie, Rush Hour 2. In 2005 Regan was on the main stage at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood. Regan is now internationally known and will be touring Canada in 2013 with Islamic Relief to raise funds for those in need around the world. As an African-American Muslim entertainer, Regan offers a unique perspective on everyday life, his mission statement is an acronym of his last name, Reflect Excellence, Gratitude and Nur (Light) REGAN.
Ryan Kiesel: Executive Director ACLU of Oklahoma
Twitter: @acluok Facebook: facebook.com/acluok
Ryan Kiesel served three terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2004-2010. During his time in the legislature, Kiesel held various leadership roles and often led the fight against efforts to curb reproductive rights and trample civil liberties.
In addition to his service in the legislature, Ryan has filled key roles on local, state and national campaigns. Ryan continues to write and speak on a wide range of political and legal issues, and has been cited by local and national media outlets. Prior to joining the staff of the ACLU of Oklahoma, Kiesel was in private practice with a law firm in Oklahoma City. Ryan also teaches a seminar, Politics and the Law, as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of law. Ryan received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Ryan lives in Seminole with his wife Allison and son Oliver.
Imam Imad Enchassi: Imam of Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City
Twitter: @isgoc Facebook: facebook.com/MasjidAnNasr
Motivational speaker Dr. Imad Enchassi is founder and Executive Director of the Mercy Education Foundation, as well as founder, Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City Enchassi received degrees from American universities in pursuit of a successful career in the private sector before becoming an Imam. He studied at the Daawa University Institute and the University Institute of Vocation for Islamic Studies in Beirut Lebanon, receiving his Bachelors, Masters, and two Doctorate Degrees in Islamic Studies.
Dr. Enchassi is the first Muslim to provide invocations at both the Oklahoma State Capitol, and before the Mayor and City Council of Oklahoma City. Dr. Imad Enchassi has served the Oklahoma Muslims and Interfaith communities for more than two decades.