You’re Invited to World Day!

The Lansing area has long been a hub for refugees and immigrants to establish their roots and celebrate their lives and families. The World Refugee Day Celebration in Lansing originally started with St. Vincent Catholic Charities as a way to honor the resilience and courage of refugees and as a celebration of diversity and humanity.

You’re invited to celebrate World Day at Hunter Park in Lansing this Saturday, June 9. It’s a free festival that includes music, dancing, arts and crafts, free swim, the Blues’ Family Health Walk and excellent food vendors offering a wide range of delicious flavors and spices (try the cuisine by the Bhutanese community…divine!). GRUPO AYÉ is the headlining act and an award-winning 2012 JAMMIE Award recipient.

Hosted by the Allen Neighborhood Center and St. Vincent Catholic Charities, this event is sponsored by numerous community partners, including Capital Area District Library. Librarians will be there promoting the Summer Reading Program, issuing library cards and getting visitors to read or perform a puppet skit. Stop by and join in the fun!

Volunteer at World Day at Hunter Park
Saturday, June 9, 2012 • 12 – 6 p.m.
Hunter Park
1400 East Kalamazoo St.
Lansing, MI 48912

Did you know?

  • Internationally, World Refugee Day is observed every year on June 20.
  • In 2011, the United States received 56,384 refugees. The leading countries of nationality for refugee admissions were Burma (30%), Bhutan (27%) and Iraq (17%).
  • St. Vincent Catholic Charities has helped to resettle at least 218 individuals in the Lansing area during the current fiscal year.

Check out these titles for more refugee experiences:

One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War by Charles London

Saved by Her Enemy: An Iraqi Woman’s Journey from the Heart of War to the Heartland of  America by Don Teague

The Color of Home by Mary Hoffman & Karin Littlewood

– Mari G., Reference Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing

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