• Thank You

    YOU MADE THIS OUR MOST INSPIRING & HOPEFUL EVENT YET!

  • Resistance Through Art

    With 600 guests in attendance, including creatives and executives from entertainment and advertising, we honored people and projects exercising “resistance through art.” Thank you to everyone who joined us to recognize and celebrate the progress we are making through collective acts of courage, conscience, and resistance.

     

    See our honorees below.

  • The Amplifier Foundation

    The Foundation commissioned the nonpartisan #WeThePeople campaign to ignite a national dialogue about American identity and values. It resulted in redefining the face of the 21st century American.

     

    Munira Ahmed, whose face became the image of a Muslim woman wearing an American flag hijab, presented the award to artist and poet Mark Gonzales from The Amplifier Foundation. Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the images, shared a special video message.

    The White Helmets

    This riveting, 2017 Oscar-winner follows a determined group of Syrian rescue workers, known as The White Helmets, who risk their lives every day to save men, women, and children from the rubble of war.

     

    2016 MPAC Media Award honoree Salam Darwaza, Producer of Salam, Neighbor!, presented the award to The White Helmets Producer Joanna Natasegara, who joined us from London for the event.

    The Night Of

    HBO’s award-winning series portrays a Muslim family’s daily challenges as their son tries to prove his innocence in the criminal justice system. The show deftly addresses racial stereotyping, the pain of incarceration, and the emotional and financial impact they can have on American Muslim families.

     

    Documentary filmmaker David Washburn presented the award to The Night Of actress Poorna Jagannathan, who plays the mother of the young man accused of murder.​

  • Laughter & Inspiration

    The evening’s emcee, actor/comedian Ramy Youssef, kept the crowd in stitches all night with his hilarious and unique brand of stand-up, and musician Zeshan B. sang an anthem to modern protesters.

    Recognizing Inclusive Advertising

    For the first time, we also recognized six trailblazing companies transforming advertising through enriching and humanizing portrayals of Muslims.

    Executives Sarah Traverso from Coca-Cola and Kathleen Hall from Microsoft shared moving speeches of unity and solidarity.

    A Huge Thank You!

    We want to express our gratitude to our incredible sponsors, supporters, and attendees for making this event a tremendous success. We are energized to continue our work in the entertainment industry toward changing the narrative, and to honor the projects and people that exemplify "voices of courage and conscience."