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Tribute WTC Visitor Center Recognizes NYC Immigrant Heritage Week with Exhibits and Programs on the American Dream, Immigrants Rights after 9/11, and the Diversity of Muslims in NYC
In recognition of New York City’s Immigrant Heritage Week (April 17-April 23), the Tribute WTC Visitor Center at 120 Liberty Street is holding a series of programs detailing the impact of the events of September 11th on people in immigrant communities throughout NYC and the metropolitan region.
The first program, the 3rd Annual Tribute Center Community Poetry Reading on Sunday, April 19 at 1 pm, will feature poems submitted by New Yorkers on the meaning of the American Dream. Authors will include students, aspiring poets and professional poets who have been asked to reflect upon why they came to this country and how they perceive the American Dream. Poems may be submitted to email@example.com by April 3rd for consideration for the reading.
The second program on Sunday, April 19 at 2:30 will highlight the caring, generous work of people involved in The 9/11 Project. The 9/11 Project gave family members of people killed on September 11th pro bono legal assistance by professionals at 9 of NYC’s top law firms. Panelists will include lawyers and family members of immigrants. They will talk about the obstacles immigrants from many different countries faced in 2001 and the unprecedented legal decisions they were able to obtain after 7 years. Special guest NYC Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Guillermo Linares will highlight ways in which the City supported immigrants after September 11th and Mayor Bloomberg’s support for the work of the 9/11 Project.
On Monday, April 20 at 6:30 pm, the Tribute WTC Visitor Center will present a program on Diversity in NYC’s Muslim Communities, featuring a panel of cultural and educators leaders from Arab, African American, South Asian and West African communities. The speakers on the panel will discuss how their lives changed after 9/11 and what they have done to address bias they experienced due to their religious affiliation. Each panelist will also give a brief overview of his or her community’s history in the metropolitan region, including a discussion of the community’s professional contributions to the larger society. Together they will talk about bridges built between the diverse Muslim communities in the wake of September 11th.
Panelists on this program include:
Aisha Al Adawiya, is founder and executive director of Women in Islam, an organization of Muslim women which focuses on human rights and social justice
Abdoulaye Diagne is a Masters’ degree candidate in International Affairs at Columbia.
Ghazi Khankan has been a leader in New York’s Arab and Muslim communities since the 1960s. He produced NYC’s “Voices of Islam” radio program from 1967-1992, and is the former executive director of CAIR-NY.
Sayyeda Mirza-Jafri is a strategic philanthropy consultant who has worked with One Nation, a philanthropic collaborative that challenges stereotypes and misperceptions of Muslims and Islam in America.
Anisa Mehdi (Moderator) produces documentary films about Muslim communities around the world and consults internationally on interfaith dialogue.
All three programs are being presented in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Renewing Our American Dream after 9/11, which explores how the dreams of many in our immigrant communities were challenged and transformed by the events of 9/11. This exhibit shares the experiences of 12 people, (clean-up workers, family members who lost loved ones, community leaders, educators, and students) in their own voices and images.
All programs will be located at the Tribute WTC Visitor Center on 120 Liberty Street. These events are free and open to the public by reservation only. To reserve a space, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Tribute WTC Visitor Center
The Tribute WTC Visitor Center is located at 120 Liberty Street along the south side of the World Trade Center site. The center was created by the September 11th Families’ Association to share the personal stories of victims, survivors, rescue and recovery workers, volunteers, and residents of Lower Manhattan. By engaging visitors in the authentic experiences of those most affected by the events of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001, the center’s five galleries and its walking tour program convey the courage, loss, heroism, and grief of those who responded to the tragedy.
The Tribute WTC Visitor Center is open seven days a week: Mondays, and Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 10AM to 6 PM; Tuesdays from noon until 6 PM; and Sundays from noon to 5 PM. Walking tours around the perimeter of Ground Zero are also conducted daily. For further information please visit our website, www.tributewtc.org. For school or group reservations of 10 or more people, please contact Tribute Visitor Services at (866) 737-1184.