Celebrating voices championing pluralism

Celebrating Voices
Championing Pluralism

WED, JUNE 19, 2019 | 6PM


The Empowering Voices Awards is an opportunity to honor political and cultural leaders who are championing the civic and political empowerment of American Muslims.


This Year’s Honorees

Dr. Debbie Almontaser

Dr. Debbie Almontaser is a community activist, advocate, entrepreneur, and educator who works across sectors in New York City. Dr. Almontaser has developed avenues for social exchange to encourage interfaith activism and outreach across the boundaries of race, ethnicity and religion. 


mehdi hasan

Mehdi Hasan is a columnist at the Intercept, host of the podcast Deconstructed and TV shows UpFront and Head to Head on Al Jazeera TV. Hasan’s tenacity and courage in reporting represent the best tradition of journalism.



Leading. Inspiring. Fostering change.


Since 2013, the MPAC Empowering Voices Awards have honored political and cultural leaders working to perfect American pluralism. We bring together the nation's most influential advocates to celebrate causes and individuals who have worked with us to champion the American and Islamic values of freedom, justice, and equality for all.


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Our honorees go beyond simply acknowledging others as communities of faith, ethnicities, and race. They empower communities' civic and political engagement to ensure that America grows as an inclusive and pluralistic society.

They increase understanding and improve policies so that our vision of an America enriched by the vital contributions of American Muslims becomes a reality.

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Rep. John Lewis (GA-5) | 2015 Honoree

Rep. John Lewis (GA-5) | 2015 Honoree



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Wednesday, June 19th | 6pm


Stosh Cotler | Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

Stosh Cotler | Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

Past Honorees

Past honorees include DNC Chair and then Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, NPR Journalist and "Serial" podcast creator Sarah Koenig, and civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), among many others.

Attendees include government officials, media professionals, civic leaders, community activists, and young leaders. The Awards also serve as an opportunity for like minded professionals to network and celebrate our wins.