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Muslim leader to speak at awards ceremony tonight

(ran CTI, TP editions)

Atlanta Muslim leader Plemon T. El-Amin will be the keynote speaker tonight at a "Unity and Good Leadership" awards dinner sponsored by Masjid Al-Muminin Bil Qadir, a St. Petersburg Muslim organization.

Bishop John Copeland, president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and pastor of Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker.

The 7 p.m. event will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Bethel Community Baptist Church, 1045 16th St. S. It is open to the public, and the cost is $20. Proceeds will go toward a building fund for Masjid Al-Muminin Bil Qadir, a spokeswoman said.

The subject of El-Amin's talk will be "Lessons St. Petersburg can learn from Atlanta's many successes." Copeland will talk on "The Lozano verdict: What messages does it send and how should we respond?"

El-Amin is the resident imam, or spiritual leader, of the Atlanta Masjid, among the largest Muslim communities in the United States. He also is director of Atlanta's Sister Clara Mohammed Elementary School and W. Deen Mohammed High Schools, a system with an enrollment of more than 300 students of different faiths.

The Sister Clara Mohammed School is the nation's second-largest Muslim school, according to a release.

The release said El-Amin has been active in other community work in Atlanta, including renovation and expansion of a commercial site that resulted in an Islamic shopping plaza and mosque, organization of anti-crime and drug marches, and service on Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson's Religious Advisory Council.

For more information, call 327-9186, 327-8483, 866-0532 or 327-1926.

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