For Immediate Release
Monday, October 20, 2008
Contact: Dulce Carrillo 703-228-0751 (voice) 703-228-4743(TTY)
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Kojo Nnamdi, host of WAMU 88.5's The Kojo Nnamdi Show, will deliver opening remarks at Arlington County's third and Final Diversity Dialogue, scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26 at Drew Model School, 3500 S. 23rd Street in Arlington.
“Even as some other jurisdictions in Virginia fiercely resist diversity, Arlington County fiercely seeks to embrace it,” Nnamdi said.
Nnamdi’s two-hour live show airs on WAMU 88.5 weekdays at noon. The program highlights news, political issues and social trends of the day in a live magazine format. A native of Guyana, Nnamdi has been called “maybe the best interviewer in town,” by the Washington Post.
Nnamdi will join Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada and a diverse group of County residents, business owners and others who this fall have participated in a unique series of dialogues to explore ways to strengthen the Arlington community by promoting diversity and inclusion. The first dialogue, which drew more than 140 participants, was held at Arlington’s Central Library on September 25, 2008. The second, held Oct. 16 at Barrett Elementary School, drew 180 participants.
About Diversity Dialogues
Chairman Tejada unveiled the Diversity Dialogues initiative on January 1, 2008 as part of his three-pronged Agenda for Progress. The Arlington County Board later appointed a 12-member task force, chaired by Reverend Dr. Leonard Hamlin Sr., to coordinate the initiative. Other task force members are: Raina Rose Tagle (Vice Chair), Dr. Rosa Briceno, Andrea Brickhouse , Leni Gonzalez, Krysta Jones, Stanley G. Karson, Kris McLaughlin, Melinda Patrician, Hoany Taing, Dr. Tsehaye Teferra and Wuiping Yap.
The dialogues follow a long-standing Arlington tradition of fully exploring issues in public forums – sometimes called “the Arlington Way.” Throughout its history, Arlington has turned to charettes, town hall meetings and other public gatherings to engage the community in a broad conversation on important issues. Those conversations both help foster a stronger community and help the County Board shape policies.
Once the dialogues are concluded, their findings will be reviewed by the Diversity Dialogue Task Force. The task force will take the ideas and suggestions that emerge to the Board before the end of the year.
The session is free and open to the Public. To register, visit the County Web site. Discussions take place both in English and Spanish.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world - including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.