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HOUSTON –Houston Public Library () and Foundation for India Studies (FIS) have joined hands and formed a Steering Committee to plan and execute the Annual Indo-American Heritage Celebrations starting from year 2018.
Encouraged by the success of last year’s “ Indo-American Heritage Day” event, held on March 26 in HPL’s historic Julia Ideson Library, Mr. Vavilala , Chair of FIS suggested to Mr. Roosevelt Weeks, Deputy Director of HPL that the “Indo-American Heritage Day” could be made into a City wide Annual event in the same way as HPL observes the African American and Hispanic American heritages.
Indians being a highly visible minority, the Indo-American Heritage Celebration would provide a great opportunity for the main stream Americans to learn and understand more about the heterogeneous composition and diversity of the Indian- American community living in the greater Houston area.
“It would also help minimize the hate crimes” said Krishna Vavilala.
Ms. Jennifer Schwartz, Manager, HPL Programs and Outreach would Chair the Steering Committee.
HPL, presently a working partner in FIS’s Oral History Project will plan and coordinate the Indo-American Heritage Celebrations.