To The Daily Sun,
The 12th Annual Celebration to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be held on Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Laconia Middle School from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Welcomed will be guest speakers Mohamed Ibrahim, Ph.D., Imam, Islamic Society of the Seacoast area and Amadou Hamady, Director of the N.H. International Institute of Manchester. They have been invited to share their reflections on being Muslim in America today. The audience will be invited to ask any questions they might have.
Dr. King, Jr. preached tolerance and respect. He introduced new ideas and inspired countless individuals to take up the cause for valuing diverse cultures and equality. He showed us that one person can make a difference. Building bridges among our differences was important to him. This celebration hopes to inspire building bridges with our Muslim friends.
This is a day for understanding and appreciating the spiritual beliefs of the many faiths that make up our democratic society. We are pleased that Dr. Ibraham and Mr. Hamady have agreed to bring their thoughts on their faith at a time when there is much misunderstanding of it. They are well known in N.H. for their work beyond their communities in their willingness to speak to wider audiences on being Muslim.
We believe that our work here in Laconia and the state is to cultivate a community-wide climate that does not tolerate prejudice of any kind which undermines the dignity of any person, group, or organization. So much disinformation is present in the media that it was thought that inviting Imam Ibrahim and Mr. Hamady to speak with us would bring fresh viewpoints to our communities.
Those attending may bring a favorite food or dish that represents one's culture to share with others. Beverages are provided.
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