Posted by Lebanese Examiner on May 01, 2015 in News Clips
April 30, 2015 (WASHINGTON, DC) — Actress and film director Salma Hayek received the “Spirit of Humanity” Kahlil Gibran Award from the Arab American Institute on Thursday during an annual gala in Washington DC honoring successful Arab-Americans.
Hayek returned from a three-day trip to Lebanon on Tuesday, where she launched her new animated film “The Prophet”, which is based on Gibran’s book.
The animated film, which draws on the 1923 book by Lebanese-born writer Kahlil Gibran, tells the story of Almitra, a headstrong girl who forms a friendship with imprisoned poet Mustafa.
The Washington DC ceremony was held at the...Read more Original Article
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National Security Advisor Susan E. RiceRemarks at the Arab American Institute’s Annual Kahlil Gibran GalaWashington, D.C.Wednesday, April 29, 2015As Prepared
Good evening everyone. It’s wonderful to be back at the Kahlil Gibran Gala. I had the honor of attending five years ago, when I wished the Arab American Institute a happy 25th anniversary. Tonight, I’m proud to extend my best wishes in honor of your 30th year. Should I look forward to seeing you again in 2020?
Thank you, Jim, for that wonderful introduction. Jim is a dear friend, and I have always admired your commitment to our founding ideals—that everyone...Read more
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2015 Gala Homepage
The Honorable Michael E. Baroody
Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service
Michael Baroody has served his country and his community both as a diligent and valued government servant and as someone who has achieved global recognition for his role in shaping positions of America’s corporations on critical issues. He began his career in the United States Navy, and then entered politics working first for Nebraska Senator Roman Hruska...Read more
Posted on January 28, 2015 in Arab American Institute
Wednesday, April 29, 2015Omni Shoreham Hotel2550 Calvert Street, NW Washington, D.C.5:30 Reception
6:30 GalaBlack Tie Tickets & Sponsorship
About the Awards honoring Michael Baroody Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service ...Read more
Posted by on July 01, 2014 in Blog
Rosemary Barkett, the first female judge and the first Arab American judge to serve on the Florida Supreme Court, was born in Mexico in 1939 to Syrian immigrants, Assad and Mariam Barakat. Her rich and diverse background based on a strong family work ethic, has lead Barkett to many incredible “firsts” in her career.
In 1945, Rosemary’s parents moved the family of seven children to Miami, Florida. At the age of six, and without knowing a word of English, Rosemary began school in Miami. Her interest in public service began at a young age when...Read more
Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Blog
In light of his recent passing, we want to take this time to share how exceptional and dear Casey Kasem was to the heart of the Arab American community. Best known for his radio countdown show American Top 40, disc jockey and radio personality Casey Kasem was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1932 to Lebanese immigrants.
More than an entertainer, AAI President James Zogby reflects, “Casey is more than the most recognized voice of his generation, what he said mattered. He inspired us to be positive, to strive for...Read more
Posted by on June 05, 2014 in Blog
In celebration of the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month, AAI will highlight outstanding Arab American immigrants and their descendants who have had an indelible impact on the vibrancy of our nation. From creating the first artificial heart to sending the first shuttle into space, the Arab American community has been an important part of American growth and success. The portraits of Arab Americans shared here will remind us that the United States is a nation defined by our diversity and the contributions of countless immigrants from all over the world.
Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese...Read more