Civil Rights Icon Al Sharpton to Keynote CAIR Banquet


On Saturday, September 29, Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the nation’s most respected civil rights leaders, will offer the keynote address at CAIR’s annual banquet at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.


"Reverend Sharpton is a passionate defender of civil rights and a life-long advocate for social justice," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "I invite American Muslims to hear what he has to say about the lessons learned and parallels between the current challenges faced by our community and those faced by other minority communities throughout our nation’s history."

Listen to what Rev. Sharpton has said about CAIR’s important efforts to defend civil rights and the urgent need for community support for that work: CAIR is Fighting for the Rights of All Americans (CLICK HERE or below to play video.)


With the theme "Upholding Our Constitution, Defending Our Faith," the evening banquet will also feature Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Imam Siraj Wahhaj. Comedian Azhar Usman will provide entertainment.


Preceding the banquet, CAIR will host its day-long leadership skills training conference with workshops such as "Answering Tough Questions About Shari," "Strategies for Challenging Anti-Islam Legislation and Campaigns," and "Maximizing the Muslim Vote in the 2012 Elections."


In past years, CAIR’s leadership conference and banquet were both sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door, so reserve your place right away!


Rev. Sharpton is the founder and president of the National Action Network (NAN), a national civil rights organization headquartered in Harlem, N.Y.

He has been praised by President Obama as "the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden." Rev. Sharpton is also the host of the daily current events program "PoliticsNation" on MSNBC. In 2004, he was a presidential candidate for the Democratic Party.


Register online today for CAIR leadership training conference and annual banquet on September 29 in Arlington, Va.


Tables: Banquet tables for a family, business, organization, or other group, can be reserved by calling 202-488-8787 or by emailing


Ads: Space in the program book is available for advertisements to reach all banquet attendees. Email for a sponsorship form.


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