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Cleveland Will Host First 'Welcoming Week' To Celebrate Immigrants

Ella Abbott

Cleveland will be hosting its first Welcome Week next month. The event is intended to celebrate immigrants in the community.

Global Cleveland is organizing the event, which will be the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio. Organization president Joe Cimperman says they want to highlight the impact of immigrants.

“I think events like this not only tell the world that we’re open for business, that we welcome newcomers, that we want you to come here," Cimperman says. "But it says to the people who are already here how much we value them and how much we want them to know that we know how important they are to our community.”

The week will coincide with Constitution Day and will feature Khzir Khan, who is a Pakistani-born constitutional lawyer and Gold Star father. Khan is best known for his speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention during which he quoted the Constitution to condemn Donald Trump’s divisive campaign.

Khan will speak at the City Club and sign books at the Cleveland Public Library.

Global Cleveland will be releasing a Spotify playlist for the week and the Cleveland Museum of Art will be releasing a digital tour highlighting immigrant artists. Global Cleveland has the full list of events on its website.

Ella Abbott is studying journalism and forensic anthropology at Kent State. Abbott has previously held the positions of senior reporter for the Kent Stater, the university’s student run newspaper, and editor-in-chief of Fusion magazine, Kent State’s LGBTQ magazine. Her interests are in public policy and crime.