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CAIR Receives Civil Rights Award at Muslim Inaugural Event
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/22/13) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, received the first-ever Golden Minaret Award for "Excellence in Civil Rights" Sunday night at an event marking President Obama's second inauguration.
CAIR National Legal Director Nadhira Al-Khalili received the award at the Muslim American Inaugural Benefit Gala held Sunday at the Josephine Butler Parks Center in Washington, D.C. The gala was attended by elected and public officials, community leaders, activists, entertainers, and athletes.
According to the event sponsors, the Golden Minaret Awards Program is "similar to the 'ALMA' or 'NAACP Image Awards'" and recognizes a cross section of American Muslims and their organizations and institutions. Areas of recognition include media and entertainment, medicine and civil rights.
Also during Sunday's event, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad presented Golden Minaret awards for education and youth leadership to the Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST) and the Mohammed Schools of Atlanta.
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.