The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta (ISB) presented its “City of Excellence Award” to the City of Atlanta on May 21, 2019 at Atlanta City Hall. Atlanta was recognized by ISB for its efforts to promote diversity and its efforts to empower all residents regardless of age, faith, ethnicity, background or socio-economic status to be good and involved neighbors.
ISB’s Executive Director, Soumaya Khalifa, along with board members, Imam Plemon El-Amin and Dr. Nabile Safdar presented the award to The City of Atlanta at the third annual Iftar Dinner held in City Hall. The annual Mayor’s Iftar, held in partnership with the ISB, is a festive meal for business, civic and faith leaders along with elected officials to celebrate the Muslim community’s contributions to Atlanta. A very diverse, sold-out crowd of more than 230 people shared prayers from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish traditions, and enjoyed a traditional dinner after sunset.
“The board of the ISB is proud to honor the City of Atlanta for its work to truly embrace the value of diversity to become a beacon as a welcoming city,” said Dr. Safdar during the presentation. Carmen Chubb, Chief of Staff to Mayor Bottoms, accepted the award on the City’s behalf. Chubb thanked ISB for “your leadership and your continuing effort to create One Atlanta by bringing different communities together in the spirit of friendship….We take great pride in honoring your contributions and your traditions tonight. It is my hope that tonight’s dinner and the City of Excellence Award signifies a new and higher level of understanding of our Muslim community.”