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April 14, 2008


Source: The Enquirer


Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., made history last year when he was sworn in as the first Muslim congressman. On Sunday, he urged local Muslims to make history of their own.

"Since I've been in Congress, I've learned a few lessons. Perhaps the most important lesson I've learned is that the Muslim community in America really sees itself as a community that has a lot to offer," Ellison said. Ellison spoke to a couple hundred people during a regional conference at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati that dealt with family and community issues. His hour-long speech, "Civic Responsibility: Muslim-American Engagement in the Political Process," combined humor, frustration, empowerment and politics.