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On Tuesday, October 24, Robin Roberts, the Tisch Family, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will join an elite group of Americans who’ve received the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award. From pioneering scientists to acclaimed architects, business innovators to dedicated public servants, sports legends to award-winning artists, the program celebrates the immigrant experience by honoring the extraordinary lives and heritage of select Americans who trace their ancestry through Ellis Island, an earlier era of arrival, and the post-Ellis Island era.
Honorees have included F. Murray Abraham, Madeleine Albright, Yogi Berra, Mel Brooks, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Diane von Furstenberg, Henry Louis Gates, Billie Jean King, Angela Lansbury, Shelly Lazarus, Daniel Libeskind, Martina Navratilova, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen and Cicely Tyson, among others. A full list of honorees is available at www.libertyellisfoundation.org/about-heritage-award.
Commenting on this year’s planned awards event, Stephen Briganti, President and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, said, “Immigrants arrived daily by the thousands, among them my own mother, and continue to come here, but each and every story is its own. I cherish these stories because they are at the very core of who we are as Americans. We are delighted this year to honor these esteemed individuals and their uniquely American stories.”
The 14th Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards will be held October 24 at 11:00 am in the Great Hall at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.
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by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
August 14th, 2017