Billboards are going up around Metro Detroit highlighting contributions by Michigan Muslims as the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks nears.
The “Remember Through Service” campaign by the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Michigan will run for a month. The billboards are up in Wayne and Oakland counties, and a third will be up by this weekend on the Lodge near Seven Mile Road.
“As we reflect on the 10th anniversary of the national tragedy of 9/11, it is important for all Americans to recognize the positive contributions that Muslims have always made to our society,” CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid said. “Our fellow Americans need to know that we are first responders, law enforcement officers and military veterans who serve and protect our nation like citizens of other faiths.”
The billboards feature a doctor who was a first responder at Ground Zero in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001; a Detroit police officer; a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney; an assistant principal in a Canton public school; a Vietnam veteran; and a volunteer doctor at a free medical clinic in Wayne.
The campaign is designed to tell the stories of Michigan Muslims and their contributions to society, Walid said.
See also CAIR press release, 7 September 2011