(ANAHEIM, CA, 11/3/09) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) will present its 2009 “Courage in Media” Award to Zeitoun author and Pulitzer Prize nominee Dave Eggers. Eggers will accept the award at CAIR-LA’s 13th annual banquet on Saturday, November 7 at the Anaheim Hilton.
Zeitoun is about a Muslim American man who volunteers to help rescue victims of Hurricane Katrina but is mistaken for a terrorist, detained by FEMA and subjected to a series of humiliations and detention at the hands of his own government.
Eggers also wrote A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, for which he was the 2001 Pulitzer Prize finalist, and is a co-screenwriter for the box office hit Where the Wild Things Are, an adaptation of 1963 classic children’s book by Maurice Sendak.
SEE: A Muslim American Hero: A Conversation with Dave Eggers on “Zeitoun”
“Dave Eggers has made accessible a powerful story about the joys and tribulations of being an American Muslim in the wake of the Bush administration’s misguided policies in the War on Terror,” said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR-LA. “His work deserves recognition and thanks from American Muslims.”
Some 2,000 guests are expected to attend Saturday’s banquet and celebrate CAIR-LA and the Southern California Muslim community’s accomplishments.
The keynote speech will be delivered by Dr. Sherman Jackson, professor of Arabic & Islamic Studies and visiting professor of law at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. North Carolina State Senator and CAIR National Board Chairman Larry Shaw and Shaikh Alauddin El-Bakri, Imam of Saratoga mosque and co-founder of Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) and editor of IQRA, will also speak.
WHAT: CAIR-LA 13th Annual Banquet
WHEN: Saturday, November 7, at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Anaheim Hilton, 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA. [Please park in the Hilton parking for your ticket to be validated. Media professionals must carry company-issued credentials]
CONTACT: Munira Syeda, CAIR-LA communications manager, phone: (714) 776-1847 or (714) 851-4851; E-mail: email@example.com
CAIR-LA also will present Rancho Palos Verde resident Atif Moon with the 2009 “Excellence in Leadership” award. The 24-year-old was born with neuroblastoma, a cancer of the spinal cord. Despite being paralyzed from waist down, Moon lives a full life. He co-founded the Center for Global Understanding (CFGU), an organization that encourages Muslim American youth to participate in the civic process. He is also a sports enthusiast and will be pursuing a master’s degree in sports management in spring 2010.
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.
CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Munira Syeda, (714) 776-1847, (714) 851-4851 or E-Mail at firstname.lastname@example.org