Senator George Mitchell Delivers Moving Speech at Gibran Gala

Posted by on May 01, 2014 in Blog

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...

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MLK III to Receive Special Recognition at 2014 Gibran Gala

Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Blog
As we mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we are honored to have Martin Luther King III join us to accept a special recognition of his work and his family’s legacy, most especially the pioneering vision and leadership of his father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Naya Salah will be Singing “America the Beautiful” at Gibran 2014

Posted by on April 07, 2014 in Blog
When the Coca-Cola Company launched an ad campaign in 8 different languages, some saw controversy. When we saw the video of the young lady singing “America the Beautiful” in Arabic, our hearts melted. We are very excited to announce that Naya Salah, will be joining us to perform “America the Beautiful” in Arabic at this year’s Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala.
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Senator George J. Mitchell to Accept the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at 2014 Gibran Gala

Posted by on April 07, 2014 in Blog

The 2014 Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service will be presented to Senator George J. Mitchell at this year’s annual Gibran Gala on Friday, April 25.

Whether Senator Mitchell is known for being one of the most respected figures in Congress, or more recently as Middle East peace envoy and author of the “Mitchell Report,” we take much pride in such an extraordinary Arab American public servant. In his long and distinguished career, Senator Mitchell has continually demonstrated his beliefs of inclusion, cooperation and an unwavering commitment to peace.

In his fifteen years in...

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Participant Media to Receive the Award for Corporate Citizenship at 2014 Gibran Gala

Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Blog
The Arab American Institute Foundation is pleased to announce that the Award for Corporate Citizenship will be presented to Participant Media at the 2014 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala on April 25 in Washington, DC.
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2014 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala

Posted on March 03, 2014 in Arab American Institute

 On April 25, 2014 the Arab American Institute Foundation hosted leaders in the Arab American community along with prominent members of the media, civil society organizations and government officials for the sixteenth annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala.

The night began with a special performance of “America the Beautiful” in Arabic by 11-year-old Ms. Naya Salah. Naya’s Arabic rendition of the national hymn was featured in a SuperBowl commercial along with six other languages. Ms. Salah’s performance was a special moment to celebrate her achievements and recognize the significance of the Arab American community being...

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Clarence Page Addresses Racial Profiling of Arabs

Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Blog
By Jennine Vari Clarence Page has written a column addressing the unfounded accusations and racial profiling faced by Arabs and Muslims in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.
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When profiling becomes a real menace to society

Posted by Chicago Tribune on April 24, 2013 in News Clips

Some media found the possibility that foreign terrorists bombed the Boston Marathon to be too tantalizing of an explanation to pass up, even when it snares the wrong suspects.

On the day of the Boston Marathon bombings, for example, the New York Post proudly presented a scoop that misidentified an injured "Saudi national" as a terror suspect. By the next day, authorities confirmed that the badly burned man actually was a witness, not a suspect. Sorry about that.

Online vigilantism ran so wild on the Reddit online link-sharing community that its general manager Erik Martin issued...

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Understandable for Muslims to “Hope Beyond Hope That This Doesn’t Turn out to Be What It Might Be.”

Posted by Slate on April 17, 2013 in News Clips

Last night I was invited to spend some time and meet some good people at the Arab American Institute Foundation's annual dinner—the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards. The invite came, I think, because I spent so much time covering Chuck Hagel's confirmation to Defense, and wasn't sure why every association Hagel might have had with an "Arab" group became a cause for red-alert panic. Michigan Rep. Justin Amash was there, as was outgoing Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, as were Congress's only two Muslim members, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison and Indiana Rep. André Carson. (Both are African-American, not...

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Arab American on Boston Marathon: “Everyone in This Room Is Holding Their Breath”

Posted by Mother Jones on April 17, 2013 in News Clips

From House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to Sara El-Amine, the national director of President Obama's political nonprofit, Organizing for Action, the Arab American community can count the Obama administration's closest political allies and enemies among their number. Both were present Tuesday night as the Arab American elite gathered to celebrate their accomplishments at a black-tie event hosted by the Arab-American Institute in Washington, DC. Yet through the revelry and clinking of glasses, and the cheerful chitchat in English and Arabic, the terrifying attack in Boston cast a shadow over the evening.  

Veteran CNN and ABC News journalist Christiane Amanpour was there to...

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