(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/17/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on American Muslims and Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by educating their families and communities about the Civil Rights Movement and by engaging in actions that address racial injustice.
“American Muslims, and all Americans, should honor Dr. King’s legacy by addressing the issue of racial injustice, for which he gave his live,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Writing in The Washington Post in 1983, Coretta Scott King provided a vision of how the holiday honoring her husband should be observed: “The holiday must be substantive as well as symbolic. It must be more than a day of celebration. . .Let this holiday be a day of reflection, a day of teaching nonviolent philosophy and strategy, a day of getting involved in nonviolent action for social and economic progress.”
CAIR’s is offering graphics, each with photos and quotes by Dr. King, sized for SnapChat/Instagram Story, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram that community members may use to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization is offering a list of ways in which community members may commemorate this day and educate their families and communities.
Actions You Can Take on MLK Day: https://tinyurl.com/MLKHonortheLegacy
CAIR is also encouraging community members to visit the Corporation for National & Community Service to register their project in its database, or to review the database to find a local MLK Day volunteer opportunity.
MLK Day of Service: https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community/mlk-day-service
Community members may contact CAIR at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a template media advisory they can use to publicize their own MLK Day activities.
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la”¯ comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los”¯ musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com