Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Blog

The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) will present the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) with the Award for Institutional Excellence at the 2012 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala in Washington, DC. AAIF is bestowing the award on SPLC for its tireless efforts and accomplishments in building a society where mutual respect and understanding exists across racial, ethnic, political, and religious lines. The award will be presented by Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, a well-known advocate for civil and religious liberty. “Southern Poverty Law Center’s work has, quite simply, made easy the work of so many other organizations," said AAI President Jim Zogby. "Many of us know about their court cases for LGBT rights, immigrant rights, at-risk children, but the research the Center does, its award-winning films— these are things that help organizations like AAI make our case against discrimination, against civil liberty violations, against intolerance…Southern Poverty Law Center has been a beacon of light for all who fight for equal rights and justice.”

Since its establishment in 1971, SPLC has become a vital advocacy organization, providing research to fight bigotry and hate throughout the Deep South and the wider United States. Today, hundreds of thousands of people count on SPLC’s research and publications to enhance their work on behalf of immigrants and minority communities. SPLC issued the following statement:

“We are deeply honored that the Arab American Institute Foundation has chosen to recognize the Southern Poverty Law Center. Since 1971, the SPLC has been dedicated to fighting hate and intolerance while providing a voice for the most vulnerable members of society. We proudly remain committed to that mission today.”

Past “Spirit of Humanity” award recipients in this category include: Habitat for Humanity, Reporters without Boarders, Rock the Vote, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Marshall Legacy Institute. For more information about the Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala, visit our Gibran webpage.

Launched in 1999 by the Arab American Institute Foundation, the awards focus attention on acts of leadership and dedication that promote the common good. Named for the renowned Arab American poet and author of The Prophet, the Kahlil Gibran Awards recognize individuals, corporations, organizations and communities whose work, commitment and support make a difference in promoting co-existence and inclusion in all walks of life.

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