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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Human rights activist El-Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan will give a talk entitled “The Changing Face of America: For Better or For Worse?” on Thursday, April 22 at 6 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building, Moravian College. A question-answer session will follow Saalakhan’s talk. This event is being sponsored by the Islamic Club, the International Club, and the Multicultural Office.
Saalakhan will focus on the civil liberties/human rights crisis in the United States after 9/11. He will highlight issues such as the USA Patriot Act, the use of secret evidence, and the differences between positive and negative patriotism. Saalakhan will also explore the changing image of America within the global community as a direct result of its foreign policy and explain the existing challenges facing individuals and institutions trying to make America better.
Saalakhan is the founder and director of The Peace and Justice Foundation, The Coalition Against Political Imprisonment, and a founder and spokesperson for The National Association for Police Accountability. In 1999, he served as a consultant for Amnesty International’s year long focus on human rights abuses in the United States. Presently, Saalakhan heads the National Public Information/Education Campaign to repeal the American government’s unconstitutional use of “secret evidence.”
Saalakhan is a critically acclaimed poet and the author of four books. They include The Teacher, a work of Islamically-based poetry and commentary on a myriad of social and political issues; Scarilege in the Haramain, an eyewitness account of the tragedy that occurred in Mecca, Arabia (July 31, 1987); Why Our Children are Killing Themselves, an examination of the root causes behind the crises facing children, youth, and families in America; and Criminal Justice in America, an examination of the United States Criminal Justice System and its impact on the African-American community.