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| November 14, 2011 -- ADC would like to thank all guest performers, generous supporters and dedicated volunteers who helped make the first ever Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America
a resounding success! This event was initiated by the newly formed ADC Women's Initative. The event was a sell-out with close to 1,200 attendees. Members of the Arab American community and from the public at large streamed into the beautiful historic Lincoln Theatre on Thursday, November 10th to enjoy a spectacular and exhilarating night of traditional Arab dance, fashion and music.
As part of ADC’s mission, the celebration of Arab culture serves to unite Arab Americans in the shared pride of our Arab heritage and to dispel stereotypes of Arab Americans. Turaath is an Arabic word, meaning heritage, folklore, tradition. The heritage of Arab Americans is a kaleidoscope of depth in philosophy, the sciences, poetry, calligraphy, music, dance, and cuisine. ADC’s Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America brought to Washington, DC a unique opportunity to enjoy and participate in the centuries’ old heritage of the Arab World fused with modern America.
The evening began with a special performance by Meejana Dabkeh Troupe of Arab folkloric dance, which was followed by a warm welcome from the Chairwoman of the ADC Women’s Initiative, Dr. Amal David and a moving address by Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih
. Ms. Fakih is the first Arab American to win the Miss USA title. She spoke humbly and eloquently of her commitment to her identity and community despite the bigotry she encountered, and she offered an inspiring appeal to all Arab Americans to stand firm in being proud of our roots. Her remarks were followed by a sensationally vibrant and stunning display of the fashion creations of world-renowned Iraqi fashion designer Ms. Hana Sadiq
, beautifully modeled by young women from our very own local Arab American community. ADC’s President, Warren David, offered remarks in the second half of the evening, and to close the night, Maestro Michael Ibrahim and the Michigan Arab Orchestra Takht Ensemble delighted the audience with a riveting musical performance of traditional selections from the Arab World.
The overwhelming success of the evening was a warm showing of support for ADC and an affirmation of our community’s desire to counter the negative imagery launched against Arab Americans with celebration, education, and pride. ADC looks forward to your joining us for next year’s celebration of Arab American heritage.
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NOTE TO EDITORS: The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which is non-profit, non-sectarian and non-partisan, is the largest grassroots Arab-American civil rights and civil liberties organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980 by former Senator James Abourezk. ADC has a national