Nonviolence advocate, lecturer headlines Scottsdale’s MLK Dinner

Author and nonviolence advocate Zak Ebrahim is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Scottsdale 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration.

When Mr. Ebrahim was 7-years-old, his father shot and killed the founder of the Jewish Defense League and later co-masterminded the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, according to a press release.

Zak Ebrahim (photo by Ryan Lash)

Zak Ebrahim (photo by Ryan Lash)

Today, Mr. Ebrahim is best known for speaking out against terrorism and spreading his message of peace and nonviolence. Mr. Ebrahim will share his story of a childhood inculcated in dogma and hate and how he chose a different path.

The annual event will be Tuesday, Jan. 12. It begins with a 5:30 p.m. registration and reception, followed by a 6 p.m. dinner and recognition.

It will be held at Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road. Tickets can be purchased at ScottsdaleMLK. The cost is $60 per person. Community Celebrating Diversity hosts the event and APS sponsors it.

In addition to the MLK Jr. Community Dinner Celebration, Community Celebrating Diversity also sponsors the following program in honor of Dr. King:

Diversity Champions: Diversity Champions — individuals who exemplify the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and who have enriched and impacted the Scottsdale community through their work and/or volunteerism by empowering others – are honored each year at the MLK Jr. Community Celebration.

Eligible nominees must work, live or volunteer in Scottsdale. The nomination deadline is 12 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. Nomination forms are available online.

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