You are cordially invited to attend the 22nd annual
Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards
April 15, 2020
Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St. NW | Washington, D.C.
5:30 p.m. Reception | 6:30 p.m. Gala | Black Tie Attire
Five years ago, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha risked her career and reputation to expose the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Her early action saved lives and gave hope to a generation of families. Today, she is founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and comprehensive pediatric program designed to help all Flint children grow up healthy and strong. Her best-selling book, What the Eyes Don’t See, has been described as, “a clarion call to live a life of purpose,” by the Washington Post. For her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts, Dr. Hanna-Attisha was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. She has also received a Freedom of Expression Courage Award from PEN America, the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling, and the inaugural MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award.
Kamal Mouzawak has spent his life using the farm-to-table concept to bring people together and reinvigorate local economies. Building on his own family tradition in farming, in 2004, Mouzawak founded Souk el Tayeb, a weekly farmers’ market in Beirut, whose capacity building program has supported hundreds of families and trained more than 300 women to build their entrepreneurial skills, including refugees from Palestine and Syria. Mouzawak also established Tawlet, a farmers’ kitchen and restaurant, where a different cook tells the story of their community through a unique lunch; and Dekenet, a farmers’ shop, offering homemade goods. Mouzawak’s guiding principle is to “do what you believe in and what will make a positive and constructive change.” This motto has pervaded all his endeavors to reconnect communities and raise awareness about how they were left behind in the first place.
Interested in sponsoring our event? Please contact Jennifer Salan.
For further questions, please contact Omar Baddar.