Posted by Victor Shiblie on June 03, 2010 in News Clips
Special to the Diplomatic Pouch contributed by Victor Shiblie
Khalil Gibran was a 19th-century Lebanese poet, philosopher and artist whose work continues to inspire millions of people many years after his death. In his memory, the Arab American Institute (AAI) Foundation recently bestowed its annual Khalil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards at a dinner marking the foundation’s 25th anniversary.
The April 21 gala, held at Washington’s Renaissance Hotel, attracted 700 people from across the nation.
The Corporation for National and Community Service received AAI’s Award for Institutional Excellence, while Chicago Mayor Richard Daley was honored for his efforts to promote sister-city relationships throughout the Arab world as well as Arabic-language programs in Chicago public schools.
Daley accepted the award “on behalf of all the residents of Chicago, because only with their full support can we undertake building the kinds of relationships that lead to greater understanding among cultures and greater friendship among nations.”