(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 9/29/2008) – A representative of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) recently took part in a panel discussion hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation that focused on interfaith and intercultural dialogue between African-Americans and American Muslims.
The panel discussion, called “African-American/Muslim-American Dialogue: Building an Interfaith Movement,” was held in Washington, D.C., was the first-ever CBC forum specific to the American Muslim community. Issues discussed by panelists included the importance of social justice within the Christian and Islamic faiths and the need to increase cross-cultural competency.
Panel participants included Rep Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), Rev. Jesse Jackson (Rainbow Push Coalition), Imam Mahdi Bray (Muslim-American Society Freedom Foundation), Mohammad Sanusi (Islamic Society of North America), Civil Rights Attorney Khurram Wahid, and CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.
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“We appreciate the opportunity to have participated in this historic event and look forward to continued dialogue with the African-American leadership as it pertains to our common values and interests,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, Tel: 248-559-2247, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org