Community Service Recognition Luncheon


Community Service Recognition Luncheon (CSRL) Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 1:00-3:00pm

The Community Service Recognition Luncheon (CSRL) is an event where a prestigious group of the nation’s Muslim leaders, scholars and government officials join to honor an individual dedicated to community service. The luncheon, hosted by the ISNA Founders Committee, is a major highlight of the annual convention. People from all over the country and internationally attend this special celebration of Muslim community service. This year’s CSRL keynote speaker will be Mehdi Hasan and guest speaker Shaun King. Registration Ticket Price: $200 per seat or $2,000 per table of 10. Purchased tickets will be available for pick-up on-site. Complimentary childcare will be provided for children 10 and under, as they will not be admitted into the luncheon. Please take the time to pre-register them.
About the Keynote Speaker Mehdi Hasan is the award-winning presenter of ‘UpFront’ and ‘Head to Head’ on Al Jazeera English, born and brought up in the UK but now based in Washington D.C. He is the former political director of The Huffington Post UK, a regular contributor to the New York Times and the Guardian and the author of two books. Mehdi has been included in the annual list of the 500 ‘most influential’ Muslims in the world and his Oxford Union speech on Islam and peace went viral in 2013, amassing several million views online. He has interviewed, among others, Edward Snowden, Ehud Olmert, Imran Khan and General Michael Flynn.   About the Guest Speaker Shaun King attended Morehouse College, a private, historically black men’s college in Atlanta, Georgia, where he majored in history. After graduation in 2002, King was a research assistant for Morehouse history professor Alton Hornsby Jr. After graduation, King was a high school civics teacher for about a year and then became a motivational speaker for Atlanta’s juvenile justice system. He was then a pastor at Total Grace Christian Center in DeKalb County, Georgia. In March 2010, while still a pastor, he founded as a subsidiary of Courageous Church and used eBay and Twitter to raise $1.5 million to send tents to Haiti after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In 2015, he wrote the self-help book The Power of 100. On October 2, 2015, the New York Daily News announced that it was hiring King to the new position of senior justice writer, where he focused on reporting and commentary on social justice, police brutality and race relations.

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