- Category: Dialogue
This year our Greenville and Columbia Peace and Dialogue Award Dinner features a very important Guest Speaker that is flying in all the way from Washington state. We invite you to come and hear his important message.
Guest Speaker: Rais Bhuiyan
In the days following 9/11, Rais and two others in Texas were shot by someone whose hatred of “the other” – in this case, Muslims – was so intense that he gunned down three innocents, two of whom died. This killer, Mark Stroman, was executed for his crime, but not before he grew to understand that his assumptions regarding “the other” were wrong, and he urged Rais to continue battling hatred and prejudice to “make sure there is not another Mark Stroman.” In an era of racism and bigotry, this story drives home a critical lesson: once you get to know “the other”, it’s hard to hate them.
The truly inspiring message of this story, however, is the “transformative power of mercy and forgiveness”. Rais not only forgave his would-be killer, but he also fought to spare his life. Although he was ultimately unsuccessful in this quest, Rais has dedicated his life to countering hate and violence by challenging audiences around the world to learn about “others” rather than accepting stereotypes. I share his belief that, if we do this, “together, we can create a society that is more merciful, empathetic, and accepting” – a path forward for creating a world without hate.
As well we will be honoring three awardees in each community with:
Peace and Dialogue Award, Public and Community Service Award, Media and Communications Award
Younts Conference Center
3300 Poinsett Hwy
Start Time: 6:30
Table of 7 is $400
Individual Ticket price: $60
Dress is Business attire
Book signing at end of event by Rais Bhuiyan