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Gold Star father Khizr Khan to visit Phoenix on latest book tour

Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan and his wife Ghazala speak during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

PHOENIX — Khizr Khan, the Muslim-American Gold Star father who publicly criticized President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, will come to Phoenix on his upcoming book tour.

Khan will appear at Central High School in Phoenix on Dec. 10 to talk about his new book, “An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice.”

The memoir details the Khan’s pursuit of the American dream — from being the oldest of ten children born in Pakistan to a Harvard Law School graduate, according to the book’s website.

“‘An American Family shows us who Khizr Khan and millions of other American immigrants are, and why — especially in these tumultuous times — we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most,” the website read.

Ticket packages for the book tour are available for $34 for one person and $40 for two people. Each ticket package also includes a hardcover copy of “An American Family.”

Seating at the event is general admission. The event kicks off at 2 p.m, but the gates will open at 1 p.m.

There will not be a meet-and-greet opportunity at the event, but all the books ordered through Changing Hands Bookstore will come pre-signed.

Khan, whose son died while serving in Iraq in 2004, rose to national prominence during the 2016 presidential election.

During a speech at the Democratic National Convention, Khan harshly criticized Trump and his policies, most notably the president’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration and campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future,” Khan said. “Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words “liberty” and “equal protection of law.”

“We can’t solve our problems by building walls and sowing division. We are stronger together,” he added.

“This is not the moment for political expediency,” Khan said. “That should have been the advice that was not given.”

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