Michigan Muslims for a better Michigan gathered to listen to speakers in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday, May 28, 2013 during Muslim Capitol Day. People are expected to participate in a daylong event at the state Capitol during which Muslims from across Michigan interact with state lawmakers and other leaders. (AP Photo/Lansing State Journal, Greg DeRuiter) NO SALES
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Muslims from across Michigan have gathered at the state Capitol for a day filed with music, speeches and meetings with lawmakers and other leaders.
Tuesday’s Michigan Muslim Capitol Day is designed to cultivate relationships with lawmakers and other community members and encourage policies that promote civil rights and liberties.
The day’s events include attending state House and Senate sessions as well as meeting with legislators.
There also was a performance of traditional Turkish music by men playing a recorder and the oud, a stringed instrument.
The event is organized by the Michigan Muslim Community Council and a co-sponsor is the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter.