(LOS ANGELES, CA – 10/29/2019) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) is hosting its 23rd Annual Banquet at the Hilton Anaheim on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, beginning at 6 p.m.

Themed “Courage Under Fire,” this year’s banquet will feature keynote speaker Marc Lamont Hill, a prominent educator, writer and civil rights activist, Pennsylvania State Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell, religious director Mohammed Faqih and comedian-writer Amer Zahr.

Hill is a civil rights activist, an award-winning journalist, the host of BET News and a professor at Temple University. Johnson-Harrell was elected to serve as state representative for the 190th Legislative District, Philadelphia Count in March 2019. She is the first Muslim woman to serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Faqih served as the imam at the Islamic Institute of Orange County for 13 years and is currently the imam at the Memphis Islamic Center. Zahr is an Arab-American comedian, speaker, writer, academic and adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Every year, the CAIR-LA banquet attracts more than 2,000 members, including interfaith leaders, elected officials and community activists from across Southern California, making it the largest American Muslim banquet on the West Coast.

WHAT: CAIR-LA 23rd Annual Banquet

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Hilton Anaheim, 777 W. Convention Way, Anaheim, CA, 92802

CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator, Forrest Lee: 714-851-4851 or flee@cair.com


  • If you wish to cover the banquet, an RSVP is mandatory due to limited space. Journalists should carry media credentials during the program and make appropriate plans for coverage inside the hall since lights will be dimmed for most of the evening.
  • If you wish to do a profile piece on CAIR-LA’s 23rd Annual Banquet, we are arranging interviews until Thursday, Oct. 31.

CAIR-LA is Southern California’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-851-4851 or efields@cair.com