Almost 1,000 Turn Out for Sold-Out CAIR Banquet

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Almost 1,000 community members, activists, diplomats, and civil rights and interfaith leaders turned out on Saturday evening for the 18th annual banquet of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Arlington, Va.

The sold out event, with the theme "Upholding Our Constitution, Defending Our Faith," followed CAIR's successful day-long Leadership Skills Training Conference.

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Civil rights icon Rev. Al Sharpton was the keynote speaker at the evening banquet.

Video: Rev. Al Sharpton at CAIR's 2012 Annual Banquet
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"We thank all those who took part in CAIR's banquet and leadership conference and all those who have supported our civil rights and advocacy important work over the past 18 years," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "I would particularly like to thank all the dedicated volunteers and staff who helped make the conference and banquet such a success."

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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SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations