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...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.
Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Blog
By Emily Cooke Summer Intern, 2014
From May 14th to the 25th , Cannes, France is immersed in a sea of artistic passion and enlivened by the imaginative work of both aspiring and accomplished filmmakers from all over the world. This year, the iconic film festival recognizes a number of films about the Arab world, each distinctive and commendable in their own right. In the past, notable films from the region that were screened included the critically acclaimed Wadjda from Saudi Arabia and Omar from Palestine. So far, the 67th annual Cannes...Read more
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On April 25th, the Arab American Institute Foundation hosted its 16th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala. Senator George Mitchell received the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service in recognition of his long and distinguished career and his unwavering commitment to peace.
In his video remarks to Gala attendees, Secretary of State John Kerry praised Senator. Mitchell for his work in the Senate, saying he was “way ahead of his time.” “[Senator Mitchell] was clearly someone with a moral compass who cared, and who didn’t just talk about peace and justice but did everything...Read more