Carnegie's July Fourth Tribute Honors 38 Distinguished Immigrants

Friday, June 30, 2017

Carnegie's July Fourth Tribute Honors 38 Distinguished Immigrants

Carnegie Corporation of New York, its board of trustees and staff, invite Americans to celebrate naturalized U.S. citizens with its annual Great Immigrants tribute. The philanthropic foundation today announced the 38 individuals who will be honored on the Fourth of July when the Corporation salutes the invaluable role that immigrants play in helping to advance our society, culture, and economy.

Each year since 2006, the Corporation has recognized the contributions of naturalized citizens, and for 2017, the honorees represent more than 30 different countries of origin, a wide range of personal immigration stories, and a high level of professional leadership in numerous fields.

Among this year’s Great Immigrants:

  • Jeff Skoll Social entrepreneur, and 2017 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy recipient
  • Max Levchin PayPal cofounder
  • Do Won Chang Forever 21 cofounder                                                                              
  • Ilhan Omar and Norma Torres state and federal legislators                                          
  • Abdul K. Kallon U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama judge      
  • Angel Cabrera George Mason University president
  • Daron Acemoglu 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow                                                            
  • Oliver Hart, Daniel Kahneman, J. Michael Kosterlitz, Andrew Schally, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, and David Thouless Nobel Prize winners
  • Việt Thanh Nguyễn Pulitzer Prize winner 
  • Masha Gessen and Ayman Mohyeldin Journalists
  • Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson, Morena Baccarin Actors

“Our annual tribute to Great Immigrants demonstrates the richness of talent, skills, and achievements that immigrants from around the world bring to every sphere of American society,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. “This campaign reminds us of the debt the United States owes to generations of immigrants who become citizens and contribute to the progress of this country. Today, we celebrate and thank them...”

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