During the week of September 15-22, 2013, Welcoming Tennessee will locally host National Welcoming Week, a nationwide event that will highlight the contributions of immigrants to American communities. Throughout the country, affiliates of Welcoming America will bring together immigrants and U.S.-born community members in a spirit of unity and encourage cross-cultural understanding.
The first annual Inter'NASH'ional Food Crawl is a project of the Welcoming Tennessee Initiative and will kick off national "Welcoming Week" on September 14th, 12pm-3pm.
The Inter'NASH'ional Food Crawl gives all Nashvillians the opportunity to explore a 2-mile span of Nashville's international corridor, Nolensville Road, and try delicious foods from around the world for FREE. Nolensville Road features delicious ethnic foods from Cuba, Kurdistan, Turkey, India, the Mediterranean, and many others. Seven participating restaraunts/businesses will display free ethnic foods at their respective locations that represent their unique culinary culture.
Participants will begin at Casa Azafran (2195 Nolensville Pike) to pick up a food crawl guide that includes participating businesses, locations, descriptions, and information about each community.
September 17th - Memphis City Council will Pass a "Welcoming Resolution"
On September 17, the Memphis City Council will pass a nonbinding resolution proclaiming Memphis a "Welcoming" city and recognizing the cultural and economic contributions of immigrants. Mayor AC Wharton, TIRRC Director Stephen Fotopulos, and members of the Mayor's Multicultural Coalition will be in attendance.
September 18th - Public Screening of "I Learn America"
Presented by HUMANDOCS in close partnership with the Welcoming Tennessee Initiative.
At the International High School at Lafayette, a Brooklyn public high school dedicated to newly arrived immigrants from all over the world, five teenagers strive to master English, adapt to families they haven’t seen in years, and create a future of their own while coming of age in a new land.
David Lipscomb University's Shamblin Hall at 7pm.
September 21st - Memphis Neighborhood Clean Up
September 21st - Citizenship Assistance Clinic
In partnership with the New Americans Advisory Council, Welcoming Tennessee will host a free citizenship assistance clinic (location TBA).
Interested in volunteering? Call Anahi Gutieerez at 615.833.0384 x 109.