Join us at the Shirlington Branch Library on Tuesday, April 13 from 7 – 9:00 p.m. for an immersion into the varied history that is Arlington, with the Arlington Branch, American Association of University Women’s “Telling Stories: A History of Diversity in Arlington through the Personal Stories of Arlingtonians Who Are African, African American. Latino, Asian, and White.”
Facilitators Andi Cullin and Marty Swaim will introduce the session with an opportunity for all participants to think about their own story. Listen to Ahmed Osman, Janet Phoenix, and three others, including a Latino, Asian, and White Arlingtonian share their stories. Mr. Osman, a political refugee, left his work as a photojournalist and fled the Sudan. A bilingual family resource assistant for the public school’s English as a Second Language office, he is raising his family here. Janet Phoenix, a physician who works on women’s health issues, was born and raised in Arlington and has raised two boys who attended Arlington Public Schools. She attended Drew Elementary School and was the first African American student to attend Patrick Henry. Child raising in Arlington will be one focus of the stories told by this group of speakers. After the stories told by the panel, we will have time for questions.
Bring a book you wish to swap and join in the “Bring a Book: Take a Book” at 6:30 PM to 6:55 PM before the program begins. Books left over will be donated to The Friends of the Library.
- For further information, contact Marty Swaim at 703-525-3475, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Download and print the event flyer.
- Visit the Arlington County Diversity Dialogues page.