ATLANTA (CN) – Concert promoters claim that Atlanta Landmarks refused to rent them the Fox Theatre for a Sept. 11 benefit concert featuring Mos Def because the promoters are Muslim and black. Nardin Jihad and Basheer Jones sued the company in Fulton County Court.
Jihad and Jones say the theater was available last Saturday, Sept. 11, and they tried to rent it for a benefit concert featuring g Mos Def, Algebra Blessed and Lupe Fiasco.
The concert, planned in conjunction with Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, a nonprofit, was to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.
Part of the concert proceeds were to benefit the Faith Institute, an Atlanta school.
Plaintiffs Jihad, Jones and Atlanta Masjid claim they “met all prerequisites for the use of the facility,” and that in March, when they submitted their application, the Fox Theatre “had no other event that was booked for Saturday, September 11, 2010 and defendant Atlanta Landmarks Inc., through its agents and employees, notified plaintiffs that they would not reserve or book the Fox Theatre for the concert.”
Then Atlanta Landmarks rejected them. The plaintiffs say it’s because of their race and religion. They seek damages for discrimination and “past, present and future pain and suffering, including but not limited to damages for humiliation, embarrassment and degradation.”
They are represented by Charles A. Mathis Jr.