Madison man to be honored during White House ‘United We Stand’ Summit

September 13, 2022 4:35 PM

Posted: September 13, 2022 4:35 PM

WASHINGTON — Madison energy entrepreneur Masood Akhtar is one of 21 Americans who are set to be honored at the White House this week for their work in uniting their communities.

The coincidence honors with a “United We Stand” Summit at the White House on Thursday. That event “will bring together heroes from across America who are leading historic work in their communities to build bridges and address hate and division, including survivors of hate-fueled violence,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement last month .

Akhtar founded and serves as the president of We Are Many-United Against Hate, which aims to bring people together to stand up to hate, prejudice and violence. Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin nominated Akhtar for the honor.

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“I’m very excited to go there and represent our movement but on top of that represent the great state of Wisconsin (and show) how we work together as one village to make a change when we bring our elected officials, when we bring our students, when we bring former hate groups, all of those people together,” he said.

Other honorees include faith leaders, teachers, police officers, local leaders and community members.

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