President John F. Kennedy wrote, “Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.” On Saturday, Nov. 10, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s New Frontier Network will host an evening to celebrate the courage of immigrants and the contributions they make to their new home. A Nation of Immigrants dinner and reception will feature an exciting lineup of notable actors and activists who will talk about their personal and professional experiences as immigrants.
Sharing their stories with the audience will be Horatio Sanz, formerly of Saturday Night Live who was born in Chile and recently became a naturalized citizen, The Black Panther and The Good Place actor Bambadjan Bamba who emigrated from the Ivory Coast and is a DACA recipient and founder of the New American Leaders foundation and naturalized citizen Sayu Bhojwani whose organization prepares immigrants to run for office.
To honor Veterans Day and recognize the sacrifice and service given by so many immigrants, the evening will feature special guests Khizr and Ghazala Khan, immigrants from Pakistan whose son, Humayun, gave the ultimate sacrifice for his adopted country when he was killed while serving in the U.S. Army during the Iraq war.
The New Frontier Network chose to focus on immigration to view the issue through the legacy of President Kennedy. While the nation discusses and debates issues related to immigration, sixty years ago, then Senator John Kennedy wrote his book, A Nation of Immigrants to inform the debate in Congress around immigration reform. In his book, reissued this year, he told powerful stories of the major immigrant groups and how they overcame adversity to make significant contributions to America. President Kennedy never forgot his family’s immigrant past and that his ancestors walked up the “golden staircase” in Boston Harbor to a new life and a legacy of ensuring that other immigrants enjoy freedom and opportunities of America.
The JFK Library Foundation’s New Frontier Network is a diverse, cross-generational group of emerging leaders and philanthropists to advance President Kennedy’s legacy and non-partisan ideals of public service. Its members serve as ambassadors and fundraisers for the JFK Library Foundation and enjoy unique opportunities to connect with each other through the Library at events with civic and business leaders, high profile elected officials, humanitarians, artists and rising stars in public service. The Nation of Immigrants dinner and reception is just one of the exciting programs offered by the New Frontier Network that encourages civic engagement while allowing people to build their professional network.
Tickets to A Nation of Immigrants dinner and reception can be purchased here.
Learn more about the New Frontier Network here.