9/11 Anniversary Town Hall: The Targeting of Institutions

8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

$10 Museum Members / $12 Student/Seniors / $15 general public


In the aftermath of 9/11, institutions that serve the Muslim community and their leaders were targeted by national security through surveillance, informants, raids, deportation and incarceration. Stories of charities like the Holy Land Foundation, student organizations like the Muslim Students' Association, and community leaders like Detroit's Imam Luqman show how the profiling of Muslims as dangerous and violent has led to the repression of institutions that work to serve their communities. 

The 5th Annual 9/11 Anniversary Town Hall will explore how the national security state targets Islamic institutions, and the impact of this issue on community. 

From COINTELPRO, to Countering Violent Extremism, to Black Identity Extremism, communities of color have historically had their institutions infiltrated and their leaders targeted in the name of security. The Town Hall will also examine the intersections of racial and Islamophobic targeting and how we can move forward together. 

The program will include a keynote address by Dr. Debbie Almontaser (Yemeni American schoolteacher, community activist, and founding principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy); live storytelling of real-life experiences from local community members Rashid Baydoun and Nasser Beydoun coached by Satori Shakoor, producer, curator and host of The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers; and a panel/talkback with Dr. AlmontaserDr. Sally Howell, Director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Petra Alsoofy, Outreach and Partnerships Manager of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), moderated by Rana Elmir, Deputy Director of the ACLU of Michigan. 

Dr. Debbie Almontaser will also be doing a signing of her book, Leading While Muslim: The Experiences of American Muslim Principals After 9/11, with the proceeds going to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. 

Keynote speaker

Dr. Debbie Almontaser is an internationally recognized, award-winning educator, speaker and authority on cross cultural understanding. She is an influential community leader and the Founder and CEO of Bridging Cultures Group, Inc. Dr. Almontaser was the founding and former principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn, NY. A twenty-five-year veteran of the NYC Public School System, she taught special education, inclusion, trained teachers in literacy, and served as a multicultural specialist and diversity advisor. Currently, she is the Board President of the Muslim Community Network. She frequently lectures, serves on panels, and facilitates teacher and public workshops on cultural diversity, conflict resolution, Arab Culture, Islam, Muslims in America, interfaith coalition building and youth leadership at schools, universities, libraries, museums, faith-based organizations, churches, synagogues, as well as national and international conferences.


Nasser Beydoun is the Board Chairman of the Arab American Civil Rights League and VP of Multicultural Marketing/Managing Director Middle East of Bassett & Bassett. He is based in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Rashid Baydoun currently resides in Dearborn Heights, MI. An activist, educator and theater enthusiast, he is committed to serving the community that has given him so much to be thankful for.

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