On Tuesday, 28 February 2018 Qatar-America Institute Hosted the Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C. for a celebration of Illinois’ proud history of welcoming Southern African-American migrants during the Great Migration.
Congressman Danny Davis gave the evening’s keynote address, and was introduced by Illinois State Society President, Congressman Jerry Weller. Congressman Davis recalled Illinois’ history of welcoming Southern migrants fleeing racial prejudice in search of a better life.
The distinguished Congressmen were also joined by their colleague from Illinois, Congressman Brad Schneider, who praised the spirit of service and commitment to the public good that Illinois has come to represent on the national stage.
Over one hundred members of the Illinois State Society gathered at Qatar-America Institute to celebrate the occasion. Guests were treated to a full Qatari buffet, as well as drinks and homemade Southern desserts, in the style of the Great Migration.
The strong ties between Qatar and Illinois were highlighted by Adrienne Lawrence, a representative from Northwestern University. Ms. Lawrence noted that Northwestern University’s Qatar campus in Doha is helping to transform the region through its innovative journalism and communications program.
Qatar-America Institute was honored to host the Illinois State Society during Black History Month for the celebration of the Great Migration. America’s history of striving towards fuller equality is among the most important ways that it engages the international community. Qatar-America Institute is proud to partner with organizations like the Illinois State Society that celebrate this struggle, and commemorate its heroes.