BANGOR — The Maine Multicultural Center presents “These are our Neighbors” from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Crofutt community room, Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street.
Come listen and converse with two Bangor residents and immigrants whose remarkable backgrounds and contributions to our community are as impressive as they are divergent. Syrian international rap artist Zac Allaf and Nigerian immigration lawyer and entrepeneur, Angela Okafor, will share their experiences in what promises to be a stimulating evening.
Angela describes herself as a human, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a friend. She is also an immigration lawyer, entrepreneur, writer, fashion designer and an inspirational public speaker. She arrived in Bangor ten years ago, and, with her dynamic personality and creativity, has taken an active part in contributing to Bangor’s growing vitality.
Hip-hop artist Assasi (Zac Allaf) lives in Bangor but hails from Aleppo. Syria’s most ancient city and cultural capital. Like so many young and creative Syrians, during the civil war he landed in Beirut for a few years before hardening borders drove him to India, Nepal, Malaysia, and finally the United States. Hip hop remained Assasi’s anchor through it all. His newest project, “Third World Wide,” reflects this global journey as well as the friends, influences, and lessons Assasi picked up along the way.
Maine Multicultural Community Forums are free, public educational events sponsored by the Maine Multicultural Center. They will enlighten, challenge and provoke participants in support of the Multicultural Center’s mission to “welcome and champion diversity as essential to the economic and social vitality of Maine.” The views and opinions presented during the Forums are those of the presenters, and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Maine Multicultural Center.For more information about the Maine Multicultural Center – visit www.mainemulticulturalcenter.org, for more information about PICA (Power in Community Alliances) visit http://www.pica.ws/.