Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Seven Cities Honored with Cultural Diversity Awards

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Seven Cities Honored with Cultural Diversity Awards

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Seven city programs were honored for their efforts to enhance and celebrate cultural diversity in their communities by NLC's National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) through the City Cultural Diversity Awards program. Awards were presented to Enterprise, Ala.; Columbia, Mo.; Alexandria, Va.; and Phoenix. Cities chosen as runners-up were: Gainesville, Ga.; Orlando, Fla. and Phoenix.

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The awards were presented during the annual Celebrate Diversity Breakfast during NLC's Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) addressed participants about the importance of diversity to a community's culture and quality of life.

Award recipients have implemented a variety of innovative and unique programs and events designed to help citizens recognize the impressive diversity within their own community.

Award-winning city programs include:

* Enterprise hosted "Sera Bella A Beautiful Evening in Italy," a free event featuring Italian dancing, music, education and cuisine.

* Columbia held the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration, where awards are presented to citizens whose work exemplifies the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by fostering individual dignity, racial equality, understanding, peacemaking and solving problems through non-violence.

* Alexandria, along with the Multicultural Services Initiative and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, recognized newly naturalized United States citizens with their Annual Citizenship Day ceremony in the city's historic Market Square in Old Town.

* Excellence in Diversity: The "Healing Racism" Community Dialogue Series on Race Relations in Phoenix has provided a forum for city residents, community leaders, faith-based organizations, Phoenix college students and faculty and the general public to heighten inter-community relationships and create a diverse legacy for the people of Phoenix. …

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