(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 4/28/08) – More than 300 peopleturned out Saturday for the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) second annual banquet in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Dr. Don Betz, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, addressed the crowd as the keynote speaker. He spoke about the need to work together and become civically engaged because the challenges we face will be far more difficult on our own.
“The call tonight to civic engagement is intense and important and each one of us can look across the table and say that is a job for someone else to do but I can tell you that there is no better work to be done by education, by organizations like this, or by our families and groups than to raise productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders. It is important that if you do not engage civically then the results you speak of do not occur,” said Dr. Betz.
Dr. Betz motivated the audience through the banquet’s theme, “Let the Conversation Begin,” stating: “We have to have these conversations, I submit to you tonight, because we are entering a period where the demand on us for change are going to be extreme.”
CAIR’s Nihad Awad motivated the crowd by bringing the work of CAIR and the Oklahoma chapter to the global vision for peace.
CAIR-OK Executive Director Razi Hashmi remarked: “I was very pleased with the overwhelming support and you could see the excitement and energy generated tonight from the speakers and by the positive image that the Oklahoma chapter has created thus far.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Razi Hashmi, 405-248-5853, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-OK Chairperson Lobna Hewedi, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR-OK Interim Director of Development Sarah Albahadily, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-OK Board Member Saad Mohammed, 405-210-4775, E-Mail: email@example.com