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Hate crime survivor, American Muslim to speak April 10
American Muslim and hate crime survivor Rais Bhuiyan will speak Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Younts Conference Center on the campus of Furman University.
Bhuiyan will share his story at the Atlantic Peace & Dialogue Awards Ceremony, where he will be honored. Individual tickets for the Atlantic Institute-sponsored event are $60, which includes dinner and a reception.
After serving as a pilot officer in the Bangladesh air force, Bhuiyan moved to the United States in 1999 to study computer technology. Ten days after 9/11, Bhuiyan was shot in the face at point blank range by a white supremacist. Bhuiyan barely survived while two others were killed.
The shooter, Mark Stroman, was sentenced to death. Ten years later, Bhuiyan led an international campaign, fighting to save Stroman’s life.
Bhuiyan’s near death experience and subsequent religious pilgrimage sparked a journey of soul searching and launched his path as a human rights activist for peace, forgiveness, empathy and understanding. His effort to save Stroman from execution in 2011 was unsuccessful, but his ability to turn hate into compassion and forgive the unforgivable has been transformative.
Through his non-profit, World Without Hate, Bhuiyan has reached out to more than 175,000 people as he shares his story and message at schools, universities, organizations and conferences all over the world.
For more information visit Atlantic Institute.