French-hero-with-flag(CLEVELAND, OH, 4/14/15) — On Sunday May 3, the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OHIO) will hold its 13th Annual Civil Rights Banquet, with the theme “Rooted in Faith: Growing Through Service,” at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Independence.

At the event, CAIR will present the I-CAIR Honor and Courage Award to Lassana Bathily, the Malian Muslim who was recently declared a French National Hero for saving customers in the Hyper Cacher Kosher grocery store in Paris during terrorist attacks in January.

WHAT: CAIR-Ohio, Cleveland Chapter, 13th Annual Civil Rights Banquet
WHEN: Sunday, May 3, 5 – 8:30 p.m. (Reception 4 – 5 p.m.)
WHERE: Embassy Suites Hotel, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, Ohio 44131
CONTACT: Julia A. Shearson, 216-830-2247 or 216-440-2247,

RSVP by April 26 for early bird tickets. To reserve tickets, call 216-830-2247, email; or go on-line at

Banquet speakers include Dr. Hatem Bazian from the University of California at Berkeley and Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Outreach Director of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia. Event proceeds will fund CAIR-Cleveland’s civil rights advocacy, educational outreach, and other community programs.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To learn more about CAIR, go to: or

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