(CLEVELAND, OH, 11/9/09) – The Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) hosted its first annual Building Muslim Youth Leadership Conference on November 7, 2009. The conference attracted over 170 attendees from as far away as Toledo, Pittsburgh, Youngtown and Columbus as well as members of the local Cleveland area Muslim community.
The Conference, entitled “Fortifying Knowledge & Worship: Building Muslim Youth Leadership,” included lectures and workshops on media, civil rights, government affairs, public relations, Islamophobia, and the history of Islam in America. The overall goal was to encourage young Muslims be proud of their identity and to express themselves effectively in a pluralistic society and to put their faith into action on behalf of social justice and the common good.
The conference ended with a performance at Cleveland State University entitled “Greetings of Peace” which included entertainment by renowned Muslim performers Dawud Wharnsby and Idris Phillips and spoken word poet Basheer Jones.
“Events like this really help rejuvenate our community,” said conference organizer and CAIR intern Nesha Usmani. “It is vital that our Muslim youth realize their potential as future leaders, activists, and individuals who can and will make a difference worldwide.”
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.
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