Students gathered for a fireside Monday night to discuss Muslim civil rights and how Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy impacts the Muslim community.
About 30 students gathered in the Allison Hall lounge to talk with Christina Abraham, civil rights director at the Chicago branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR is a national organization that hopes to enhance the understanding of Islam.
Abraham discussed the perception of Muslims in America, specifically in the post-Sept. 11 era, emphasizing that the work Muslims do today makes a lasting impression.
"We're not just doing it for us," Abraham said. "We're doing it for whomever comes down the line next."
The fireside is the first in a series of on-campus events promoting Islam Awareness Week 2008, which is hosted by the Muslim-cultural Students Association.
Several students were moved by the issues Abraham addressed.
"What struck me most is that we're still in the civil rights movement," said Hibah Yousuf, a Medill junior. "We still have to work on improvement because there will always be a group that will be discriminated against." (MORE)