Kriseman to host St. Pete's 1st mayoral Iftar dinner
On a day marked by news of President Donald Trump's intention to at least temporarily limit immigration to the United States from some predominantly Muslim countries, Mayor Rick Kriseman announced Wednesday he will host a June dinner with Tampa Bay Islamic leaders.
One of those leaders, Abdul Karim Ali, is a well-known iman who is also the son of Joseph Savage, who organized the landmark 1968 sanitation strike in the city, a major civil rights advance for black city workers.
The city's first offiical Iftar dinner to celebrate Ramadan will be held at the Coliseum and is open to all faiths, according to a news release from the mayor's office.
The full release is below:
On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Mayor Rick Kriseman and Muslim leaders from throughout Tampa Bay will host St. Petersburg’s first ever Iftar Dinner welcoming residents of all faiths to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The event will be held at St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum.
Mayor Kriseman said “Now more than ever, we must be expressive in our love and respect for people of all faiths. I am excited to bring the community together to honor our Muslim brothers and sisters.”
Abdul Karim Ali, the president of the Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association, said: “We know that breaking bread together helps a community work together for a common cause, and so we thank Mayor Kriseman and his team for their leadership in ensuring that the sun shines bright on all residents and faiths in St. Petersburg.”