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CAIR-Cincinnati 18th Annual Banquet to Feature National Muslim Leaders Nihad Awad, Altaf Husain

(CINCINNATI, 12/11/19) – On December 15, the Council on American-Islamic Relations Cincinnati Chapter (CAIR-Cincinnati), will hold its 18th Annual Civil Rights Banquet with the theme “Defending, Educating, Empowering: Building the Next Generation of American Muslims” at the Cincinnati Marriott North in West Chester, Ohio. 

Banquet speakers include Nihad Awad and Altaf Husain.

WHAT: CAIR-Cincinnati 18th Annual Banquet

WHEN: Sunday, December 15, 2019

WHERE: Cincinnati Marriott North, Muhlhauser Rd., West Chester, OH



Awad is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. He is widely recognized as one of the world’s most influential Muslim leaders, being cited annually in the Arabian Business “Power 100” and “The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims” list. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, such as the 2015 New Civil Rights Leader from the Los Angeles Times, and Harvard’s “Call of Service” Award.  He is an authoritative voice for Muslim issues and is frequently interviewed on national and international media such as CNN, BBC World Service, PBS, C-SPAN, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Voice of America and Al-Jazeerah. 

Dr. Altaf Husain has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and his M.S. in Social Work, both from Case Western Reserve University. He received his Ph.D. in Social Work from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He serves as Vice President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and an advisory board member of the Peaceful Families Project, dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence. His past service to the community includes serving as a two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA National), an executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) and Vice President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

“Our 18th Annual banquet is an opportunity to share the successes of the past year and gain support for the year to come,” said CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub. “The coming year brings many challenges for the American Muslim community and for the nation as a whole, which we must be ready to meet.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


CONTACT: CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub, Tel: 513-281-8200, E-mail:; Sana Hassan, Staff Attorney, Tel: 513-281-8200,  E-mail:

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