World Refugee Day 2014 - Tallahassee, FL
This annual event is coordinated by the Tallahassee Area Refugee Task Force draws over 100 people each year. The Theme of the event is “Inspiration and Perseverance”.
- A Community Speaks: Community leaders and partners will express how they have been inspired by the refugees who have been forced to flee their own country and have shown unwavering strength as they work hard to start a new life here.
- Refugee Stories: Refugees, themselves will give their own stories that speaks to their perseverance while facing challenges as they worked hard to establish a new home with the help of their community. They will speak to their commitment to their family and to help other newly arriving refugees who also struggle with the many challenges and emotions they too once faced.
- Entertainment: Enthusiastic ethnic dancing and drummers will show how these artistic endeavors bring the world together and help retain the important cultural aspects of our refugees.
- Pedro Pan: Excerpts from a short film by an FSU Master Student staring one of Tallahassee’s young refugees. In 1962 13-year-old Elena and younger brother Manuel are sent alone to Miami, as part of Operation Pedro Pan. This is to escape Fidel Castro's communist indoctrination. As unexpected circumstances pull them apart, they remain determined to stay together and beat the odds.
- A Special Presentation: Presentation of certificates will follow to recognize community organizations/agencies, volunteers, and faith-based groups that have contributed to the successful resettlement of local refugees.
- International Pot Luck lunch: Attendees are asked to bring an ethnic dish to share and this gives the community another opportunity to meet local refugees and the partners who support their resettlement.
For further information, please contact: Theresa_Leslier@dcf.state.fl.us 850-445-4040