Standing room only crowd celebrates the life and legacy of MLK Jr.
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | May 5th, 2014 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s (ADC) Michigan Regional Office is proud to have hosted its largest and most well attended Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Awards Banquet to date. Under the leadership of new Director Attorney Fatina Abdrabboh, over 650 attendees packed the banquet hall to support ADC Michigan and to honor the life and legacy of MLK.
Ms. Abdrabboh stated, “Part and parcel of our focused goal is to let the community know we are here to represent them and defend their rights.” ADC National President, Samer Khalaf, spoke to the standing-room only crowd and reiterated ADC’s commitment to defending the rights of all Americans.
ADC Michigan presented awards to Congressman John Dingell, Detroit Free Press Editor Mr. Stephen Henderson, Department of Civil Rights leader Ms. Leila Saba Hanna, and Ms. Fattum Mutahr from General Motors. The Executive Director of ACLU Michigan, Ms. Kary Moss, delivered remarks. The Keynote Address was delivered by Professor Adrien K. Wing from the University of Iowa College of Law. Ms. Priya Mann from Channel 4 WDIV-TV served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.
The standing room only crowd included civic and community leaders from across the state of Michigan. Elected officials, including judges, mayors and municipal leaders were part of the diverse audience. Also in attendance were members from the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, law enforcement officials from a local, state and federal level, along with representatives from coalition partners, including many new partners collaborating with ADC Michigan.
This is the 15th Annual MLK Scholarship Dinner. Each year ADC Michigan awards scholarships to students as part of an essay contest. Students are asked to define what MLK and his message mean to them. This year ADC Michigan granted nearly $15,000 in scholarships to Arab American High School Students from across the state. The winners are:
Sarah Mokh: Will be attending Harvard University
Sondos Hajjar: Will be attending the University of Michigan
Khaled Muthanna: Will be attending Wayne State University
The banquet program included the release of ADC Michigan’s Civil Rights App for iPhone and Android devices, and an announcement on the breaking news surrounding the voting rights lawsuit that ADC Michigan filed against Eastern Michigan University.
ADC Michigan thanks all program participants, particularly Keynote Speaker Professor Adrien K. Wing and Mistress of Ceremonies Priya Mannfor their presence and enriching contributions to the program. ADC Michigan also would like to thank all of the volunteers and community members who made this event a resounding success.