Nahui Ollin - Aztec Dancers, Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, 1997
Pride in Diversity:
The Many Voices of the 9th District
The 9th Congressional District of Illinois is one
of the most diverse congressional districts in the entire country.
The district is represented by virtually every ethnicity, including
Russian, Indian, Polish, Pakistani, Latino, Haitian, and Cambodian.
Additionally, the religious diversity of the district is
incredible, with Jews, Muslims, and Christians all living, working
and participating together in their communities. In addition to
religious and ethnic diversity, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgendered (GLBT) community also heavily influences the 9th
Congressional District. The tolerance and respect for difference
that is taught and learned everywhere from synagogues and churches
to supermarkets and parks is visible in every neighborhood and
creates a sense of pride and a feeling of community that is rivaled
few places around the country. The project is represented by three
events in the 9th District: the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, held
the third weekend of July, celebrating its 15th anniversary in the
year 2000; the Skokie Festival of Cultures, held annually in May,
celebrating its 10th anniversary in the year 2000; and June Pride
Month of the GLBT community.
Originally submitted by: Janice D. Schakowsky, Representative (9th District).
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