Powell to Address Arab American Gala; Sting Accepts Award Promoting "Spirit of Humanity"

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Arab American Institute Foundation

    WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell
 will make his first public address to Arab Americans during the prestigious
 Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards on May 5. The Kahlil Gibran awards
 are sponsored by the Arab American Institute Foundation and named for the
 author of "The Prophet," whose work emphasized love of humanity, pride in his
 Arabic heritage and respect for the freedom he found in the United States.
     Grammy award winning artist Sting will also join the Arab American
 community to accept one of 2001's "Spirit of Humanity" awards. The Award
 recognizes Sting's commitment to indigenous people and the environment as well
 as his efforts to promote cross-cultural understanding. Last year, Sting
 brought Arabic music to the top of U.S. pop charts with the song "Desert Rose"
 off his Brand New Day album.
     In its third year, the Kahlil Gibran Awards have set a standard of
 excellence and brought recognition to an increasingly visible Arab American
 community.  In addition to Sting, 2001 Gibran recipients include organizations
 both within and beyond the Arab American community such as: Reading is
 Fundamental (RIF), whose 360,000 volunteers motivate children to read; the
 Grameen Global Network, which created a micro-credit program that has moved
 millions out of poverty; and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social
 Services (ACCESS), a Dearborn, MI non-profit that helps newly-arrived
 immigrants become self-sufficient.
     "Gibran has become a way for Arab Americans to showcase our culture and
 the values passed down by our parents and grandparents.  It is a time when we
 share our heritage by acknowledging those who make the world a better place,"
 said Gibran Committee Member, Ambassador Edward Gabriel, who is credited with
 the initial vision for the "Spirit of Humanity" awards.
     In addition to members of the Administration, Congress and ambassadors
 attending the event, Secretary Spencer Abraham, members of Congress Nick
 Rahall and Darrel Issa, and former White House Chief of Protocol Selwa "Lucky"
 Roosevelt will present "Spirit of Humanity" awards.  Simon Shaheen, who
 performed with Sting at the 1999 Grammy Awards, will provide entertainment.
     Past Gibran recipients include: George Mitchell, the YWCA, RFK Memorial
 Center for Human Rights, the Aga Khan Foundation, Federico Mayor of UNESCO and
 ALSAC/St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
 
     Members of the media who want to cover the event should contact Jenny
 Salan at 202-429-9210.
 
     WHO:     Sec. of State Colin Powell, Sting, RIF, Grameen Global Network,
              ACCESS
     WHAT:    Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards
     WHEN:    Saturday, May 5, (Reception 6PM; Dinner 7PM)
     WHERE:   Capital Hilton, 16 & K, NW, Presidential Ballroom, Washington, DC
 
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SOURCE Arab American Institute Foundation
    WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell
 will make his first public address to Arab Americans during the prestigious
 Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards on May 5. The Kahlil Gibran awards
 are sponsored by the Arab American Institute Foundation and named for the
 author of "The Prophet," whose work emphasized love of humanity, pride in his
 Arabic heritage and respect for the freedom he found in the United States.
     Grammy award winning artist Sting will also join the Arab American
 community to accept one of 2001's "Spirit of Humanity" awards. The Award
 recognizes Sting's commitment to indigenous people and the environment as well
 as his efforts to promote cross-cultural understanding. Last year, Sting
 brought Arabic music to the top of U.S. pop charts with the song "Desert Rose"
 off his Brand New Day album.
     In its third year, the Kahlil Gibran Awards have set a standard of
 excellence and brought recognition to an increasingly visible Arab American
 community.  In addition to Sting, 2001 Gibran recipients include organizations
 both within and beyond the Arab American community such as: Reading is
 Fundamental (RIF), whose 360,000 volunteers motivate children to read; the
 Grameen Global Network, which created a micro-credit program that has moved
 millions out of poverty; and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social
 Services (ACCESS), a Dearborn, MI non-profit that helps newly-arrived
 immigrants become self-sufficient.
     "Gibran has become a way for Arab Americans to showcase our culture and
 the values passed down by our parents and grandparents.  It is a time when we
 share our heritage by acknowledging those who make the world a better place,"
 said Gibran Committee Member, Ambassador Edward Gabriel, who is credited with
 the initial vision for the "Spirit of Humanity" awards.
     In addition to members of the Administration, Congress and ambassadors
 attending the event, Secretary Spencer Abraham, members of Congress Nick
 Rahall and Darrel Issa, and former White House Chief of Protocol Selwa "Lucky"
 Roosevelt will present "Spirit of Humanity" awards.  Simon Shaheen, who
 performed with Sting at the 1999 Grammy Awards, will provide entertainment.
     Past Gibran recipients include: George Mitchell, the YWCA, RFK Memorial
 Center for Human Rights, the Aga Khan Foundation, Federico Mayor of UNESCO and
 ALSAC/St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
 
     Members of the media who want to cover the event should contact Jenny
 Salan at 202-429-9210.
 
     WHO:     Sec. of State Colin Powell, Sting, RIF, Grameen Global Network,
              ACCESS
     WHAT:    Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards
     WHEN:    Saturday, May 5, (Reception 6PM; Dinner 7PM)
     WHERE:   Capital Hilton, 16 & K, NW, Presidential Ballroom, Washington, DC
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X31908879
 
 SOURCE  Arab American Institute Foundation