ACLU to receive award from Arab American Institute

ACLU to receive award from Arab American Institute
April 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
J.W. Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Ave
NW, Washington
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ACLU to receive award from Arab American Institute

The Arab American Institute Foundation will host its 20th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the  J.W. Marriott,  1331 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, D.C.

The Black Tie reception begins at 5:30 PM

Arab American Institute Khalil Gibran Awards 20th Anniversary

Arab American Institute Khalil Gibran Awards 20th Anniversary

This years awardees include:

Greg Simon
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Award for Institutional Excellence

The Honorable Senator Frances Black
Award for Individual Achievement

José Andrés & World Central Kitchen
Award for International Commitment

The Honorable Marcelle M. Wahba
Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service

Reservations at the J.W. Marriott can be made by calling the hotel at 1-800-393-2503 or visiting the Gibran Awards J.W. Marriott reservation page.

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RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

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Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

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