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Muslim Activist, Hip Hop Artist to Appear at CAIR-MN Social Justice Gala

Brother-Ali(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/20/14) – On Saturday, March 22, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold its first Social Justice Gala, with the theme “Civil Rights through Creative Expressions.” [March 22, 5:30-9 p.m., Coffman Memorial Union, the Great Hall at the University of Minnesota]

The event will feature Brother Ali, a highly respected hip hop artist, speaker and activist from Minneapolis. His decade long resume includes six critically acclaimed albums, mentorships with Iconic Hip Hop legends Chuck D and Rakim and performances on late night talk shows with Conan O Brien and Jimmy Fallon. He's been the subject of Al-Jazeera and NPR pieces and was a keynote speaker at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Forum. He's landed coveted press features such as Rolling Stone's 40th anniversary “Artist to Watch” and Source Magazine's “Hip Hop Quotables.”

Brother Ali will give an inspirational talk, sharing his unique experience as the albino child of white parents raised in the Muslim American community. He will chronicle his journey through Hip Hop, identity, spirituality and activism.

“Brother Ali is a hero in the Minnesota civil rights community,” said CAIR-MN Director Nausheena Hussain. “His commitment to the arts, social justice, and the Muslim community is an inspiration to all us.”

This groundbreaking event brings together local artists and their creative talents to express CAIR-MN's social justice and racial equity work in protecting civil liberties.

Artists include spoken word artists, poets, singers, and a beatboxer from the Minnesota Muslim community. The event will also feature a live artist painting a canvas that will be auctioned at the end of the evening. The gala will offer a taste of cuisines from around the world reflecting the diversity within the Minnesota Muslim community. It will include appetizers from the Middle East, desserts from India, hors d'oeuvres from China, starters from Somalia, and more. Guests will have the opportunity to take home keepsake mementos of their names written in Arabic calligraphy by young student calligraphers.

The event is open to the public and costs $25/person. To purchase tickets, visit:

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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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Director Nausheena Hussain, 612-206-3360,; CAIR-MN Executive Director Lori Saroya, 612-327-6700,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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