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CAIR to Present ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Aisha al-Adawiya at 24th Annual Banquet in Virginia

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/20/18) — On Saturday, October 20, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will honor Aisha al-Adawiya with its annual “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the civil rights organization’s 24th annual banquet, themed “Faith Led, Justice Driven,” at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. 

The banquet will be held after the conclusion of CAIR’s October 19-20 Leadership and Policy Conference, themed “We the People, Organizing for Justice: Vision 2020,” also at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Conference attendees will learn the most up-to-date organizing skills from American Muslim leaders and civil rights activists who are on the front lines mobilizing for justice in today’s divisive political climate.

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At the October 20 banquet, CAIR will recognize al-Adawiya for her decades of service and commitment to advancing the legacy of Islam as an organic American religious tradition.

For more than 30 years, she has worked closely with New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, where she is now the administrator for its scholars-in-residence program and coordinates Islamic input for the Black Religious Heritage Documentation Project.

In 1992, al-Adawiya formed Women in Islam to highlight women’s issues and empower their voices at global forums, including the United Nations. 

“During this time of intense social polarization and political discord, it is important that we recognize and honor the work of individuals who advance justice and enhance mutual understanding,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Sister Aisha’s tireless civic engagement and social justice work are invaluable and CAIR is honored to have her accept our Lifetime Achievement Award.” 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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