Thomas-Jeffersons-Quran(CLEVELAND, OH, 5/7/14) – On Sunday May 11, the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) will hold its twelfth annual civil rights banquet with the theme “Faith in Freedom” at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Independence, Ohio.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Denise A. Spellberg, from the University of Texas at Austin, will speak about her new highly acclaimed book Thomas Jefferson’s Quran: Islam and the Founders, which examines early debates on religious pluralism at the time of our nation’s founding. Imam Mahdi Bray, national director of the American Muslim Alliance, will speak on the importance of upholding the constitution and defending religious freedom. Event proceeds will fund CAIR-Cleveland’s civil rights advocacy, educational outreach, and other community programs.

WHAT: CAIR-Cleveland’s 12th annual civil rights banquet
WHEN: Sunday, May 11, 2014, 5 – 8:30 p.m. (Reception 4-5 p.m.)
WHERE: Embassy Suites Hotel, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, Ohio 44131

RSVP by May 4. To reserve tickets, call 216-830-2247;; or go to
CONTACT: Julia A. Shearson, 216-830-2247 or 216-440-2247,

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.

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