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LCC to Host Peace Activist and Civic Engagement Fair January 14

January 6, 2016

LANSING, MICH. - Lansing Community College (LCC) will welcome peace activist and post-9/11 shooting victim, Rais Bhuiyan, on January 14 in conjunction with LCC's common read initiative, One Book #OneLCC. Bhuiyan’s story is profiled in The True American by Anand Giridharadas, the current title selection for One Book #OneLCC.

Bhuiyan has delivered his inspiring message to members of the European Union, German Parliament, Amnesty International and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, as well as numerous university audiences, churches, mosques, and social justice groups. He is also the recipient of several major awards, including Esquire Magazine's 2011 "American of the Year" and the "Excellence for Human Service Award" from United for Change, an American nonprofit dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of Muslim issues.

Bhuiyan will speak about the regenerative power of forgiveness and how this concept can be incorporated into anyone's life, followed by lunch, and a Civic Engagement Fair intended to showcase opportunities to become involved in community service projects coordinated by LCC student organizations and community groups.

The January 14 schedule follows:

Lunch with Rais Bhuiyan: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Civic Engagement Fair: 1 - 3 p.m., Gannon Building

The event is free and open to the public, however registration is required. To register online, visit lcc.edu/onebook. For more information, please contact Victoria Meadows at 517-483-1648.

About Rais Bhuiyan

Rais Bhuiyan has a remarkable story - one that continually inspires people from around the globe to interview him about his campaign, World Without Hate. Bhuiyan's story took root in Bangladesh and grew from seeds planted by his parents and strong Islamic beliefs in forgiveness. It was shortly after he moved to Dallas to seek career opportunities in computer technology, however, that Bhuiyan would find himself needing to hold on to his strong family and faith-based roots - and later cultivate them - after a life-altering incident in 2001.

Just weeks after the tragic events of 9/11, Bhuiyan was shot in the face by a white supremacist, who at that time called himself "the Arab slayer." That fateful day would not only lead to Bhuiyan's journey to rebuild his own life, but also help build a better world. The man who shot Bhuiyan was Mark Stroman, who confessed to shooting Bhuiyan, killing two other South Asian workers and was sentenced to death. Bhuiyan survived, but with the use of only one eye and he still carries 35 shotgun pellets embedded deep within in his face. Many wouldn’t blame him if he were to respond to Stroman's misguided actions with hate and anger. However, Bhuiyan chose to take the high road, mounting an aggressive campaign to convince Texas authorities to reduce his assailant's sentence from death to life in prison.

Bhuiyan worked tirelessly to save Stroman's life with pleas for clemency that in 2011 reached the U.S. Supreme Court and even met multiple times with his attacker to get to know him as a human being. Though Stroman was executed, Bhuiyan continues his World Without Hate campaign to promote healing, compassion, and forgiveness.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with nearly 13,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a university, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

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