American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) hosted members of the government at its second annual fundraiser on Sunday night at the Great Hall conference center in Germantown.
Mayor of the City of Memphis Jim Strickland, Rep. Dwayne Thompson, Rep. Raumesh Akbari, Mayor of the City of Germantown Mike Palazzolo, and Shelby County Commissioner Mark Billingsley attended the fundraiser.
“As Mayor of Memphis, I’m mayor of everyone,” Mayor Strickland said. “All races, all religions, both genders, and I feel like I have to reach out. Plus it’s the right thing to do, plus I think our city is better off with diversity, and most major cities I would say the same thing. Diversity is what makes Memphis better.”
The government officials each spoke at the fundraiser about the importance of the Muslim Community within Memphis.
Commissioner Billingsley expanded on the theme of the night “Standing up for Justice” with words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, before introducing Mayor Strickland.
“Dr. King said that our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter, and certainly tonight this is a time where things are very, very important at the local level, state le