Dream of Detroit Dinner and Celebration

Thanks for an incredible event!

Dream of Detroit is combining community organizing and strategic housing and land development to build a healthy community and empower a marginalized neighborhood near the Muslim Center of Detroit. On May 9, 2015 at 6pm, we held our first Dream of Detroit Dinner & Celebration at the Westin Book Cadillac in downtown Detroit.

Take a look at our photos

(more photos posted soon!)

DREAM Brochure and Dinner Booklet

Our program book included visual projections of our neighborhood, relevant articles from some of the country’s leading Muslim activists and thinkers, and more:

We’ll be releasing more photos and video soon, but here’s more information on our emcee, keynote speaker, and musical guests:

Zareena Grewal
Zareena Grewal is Associate Professor of American Studies, Religious Studies, Ethnicity, Race and Migration and Middle East Studies at Yale University. Trained as a historical anthropologist, she is the author of Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority, which was awarded one of the Victor Turner Ethnographic Writing awards. She was the first Fulbright fellow to be sponsored by Al-Azhar University. She also directed and produced the documentary film By the Dawns Early Light: Chris Jackson’s Journey to Islam, which had a national broadcast on the Documentary Channel. She is currently conducting historical and ethnographic research for her next book on the Qur’an in the American imagination, tentatively titled “Is the Quran a Good Book? Islam and the Limits of American Religious Tolerance.” She lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband Hamada Hamid Altalib and their three children.

Rami Nashashibi
Rami Nashashibi has served as the Executive Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) since its incorporation as a nonprofit in January 1997. He has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago and has been an adjunct professor at various colleges and universities across the Chicagoland area, where he has taught a range of Sociology, Anthropology, and other Social Science courses. He has worked with several leading scholars in the area of globalization, African American studies and urban sociology and has contributed chapters to edited volumes by Manning Marable and Saskia Sassen.

Rami has lectured across the United States, Europe, and Asia on a range of topics related to American Muslim identity, community activism and social justice issues, and is a recipient of several prestigious community service and organizing honors.

Pathe Jassi
Jazz musician Pathe Jassi is one of Detroit’s best-kept secrets. Before moving to the United States three years ago, Jassi spent half of his career playing and recording alongside legendary West African singers Youssou N’Dour of Senegal and Cheikh Lo of Burkina Faso. He’s known among jazz musicians for his rare ability to combine hard bebop with a polyrhythmic African sound — a skill he says he learned from Detroit jazz legend Sam Sanders, who took him under his wing in Senegal.

Ustad Raees Ahmad Khan
Ustad Raees Khan is a maestro violinist from Pakistan who has been the recipient of Pakistan’s “Pride of Performance” award, one of the most respected and prestigious awards conferred on Pakistani civilians. He belongs to one of the oldest and most renowned musical families that still exists today.

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