(JACKSONVILLE, FL, 11/4/2004) – The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) said today that more than 500 people attended an interfaith Ramadan Iftar Banquet November 3rd in Jacksonville. (Iftar is the meal eaten after sunset each day during the Islamic fast of Ramadan.)
The banquet, held in cooperation with the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida and the Islamic Circle of North America, was part of CAIR’s nationwide “Sharing Ramadan” program.
The evening’s keynote address was offered by Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, who spoke about the need to unify the community after a divisive election and about how such interfaith events can be part of the healing process. Mayor Peyton also spoke about his commitment for promoting
diversity, literacy and employment. He acknowledged the vibrant role played the Muslim community in ensuring Northeast Florida’s progress towards economic success and social diversity.
Several interfaith and public officials were also present at the dinner. Among the attendees were:
* Robert Cromwell, Special Agent in Charge, FBI
* Ken Hurley, President ACLU-Jax
* Claude Myers, Executive Director, NCCJ
* Rev. Ken Myers, Hendricks Baptist Church
* Rev. Richard Turk, Fresh Ministries
* Gary Detman, Producer, Firstcoast News
* Susan Lloyd, Vice-President, Clear Channel Corp, CBS 47-FOX 30
* Staci Spanos, Anchor, Morning Show, WJXT
* Gary Fane, Dean, Coggin College of Business, UNF
“This was a wonderful show of unity, mutual respect and bridge-building,”
said CAIR-FL Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed. “We are gratified by this high
turnout and look forward to putting together more of such events in the
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
The group’s Florida chapter has offices in Broward and Tampa.
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