The American Turkish Association of Washington, DC (ATA-DC) took the opportunity to honor George Newcomb, award winning photographer and Vice President of the Pa/Pa, for his dedication in promoting diversity in the Washington, DC Metropolitan community. In sharing George Newcomb’s photographs, the Association expressed their appreciation: “Thank you George Newcomb for these beautiful pictures reflecting the diversity and spirit of the Turkish Festival #dcturkishfestival. “
The 16th Annual DC Turkish Festival took place this past weekend along Pennsylvania Avenue in our Nation’s Capital just blocks from The White House. This year’s theme was “Colors of Anatolia”.
Since its inception in the 1960’s, the Panamerican-Panafrican Association’s founder, Dr. Robert S Pritchard, has promulgated the concept that our culturally and ethnically diverse American society is a fundamental ingredient of the rich American cultural fabric. The celebration of such multi-ethnic observances in our DMV community as the Oktoberfest, St. Patrick’s Day, Black History Month, the Turkish Festival, Fiesta Asia, countless Bolivian festivals, etc., is an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate that we all have something to contribute to the fabric of America. We believe that respect for and celebration of the variety of our contributions helps to ensure a rich, vibrant and peaceful society.
George Newcomb’s commitment to celebrate that diversity, as he provides a window through his photography into hundreds of multi-cultural events that he covers in our community led him to found www.FestivalDC.com. It confirms his belief that diversity is the core of who we are as Americans.
As Dr. Martin Luther King stated, “We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.”
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