For Immediate Release
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March Proclaimed Azerbaijani Heritage Month in Montgomery County, Maryland
Washington, D.C. March 8, 2011 County Executive Isiah (Ike) Leggett of Montgomery County, Maryland, has issued a proclamation declaring March 2011 Azerbaijani Heritage Month. The Karabakh Foundation is proud to have proposed the concept of Azerbaijani Heritage Month to County Executive Leggett.
The proclamation, which you can read here, commends the tiny republic of Azerbaijan for being the first Muslim nation to grant women the right to vote in 1918 (pre-dating the U.S.); for being a cultural cradle in the Caucasus, producing such legends such as as poetess Kurshid Banu Natavan (1830-1897) and opera composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov (1885-1948); and for being a strategic ally to the United States.
Later this month the Karabakh Foundation will announce a ceremony in Montgomery County’s capital, Rockville, featuring remarks by County Executive Leggett about Azerbaijani Heritage Month.
March is a particularly meaningful month for Azerbaijanis due to the holiday of Novruz, an ancient Turkic new year holiday celebrated in Azerbaijan and much of the region.
Montgomery County, a Maryland suburb just outside of Washington, D.C., is well known for its multicultural diversity, with growing numbers of Hispanic and Latino, African American, and Pacific Islander populations, according to the 2010 Census, as well as other sizeable ethnic groups. The County has one of the highest median household incomes in the country and is well known for such sites as the Discovery Communications headquarters, the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, and the National Naval Medical Center.
Also in March the Karabakh Foundation plays a lead role in sponsoring two major concerts. Details of these concerts are available at http://karabakhfoundation.org/pages/what-we-do/upcoming-events/.
About the Karabakh Foundation
The Karabakh Foundation seeks to increase awareness and understanding in the United States of the cultural heritage and traditions of the country of Azerbaijan, the Caucasus area, and the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. While coalescing significant artistic and scholarly talent, the Foundation is nurturing a new generation of artists and scholars toward important accomplishments.
The Foundation serves as a dynamic facilitator and clearinghouse raising the public profile of Azerbaijan, its Karabakh region, and the Caucasus region in general. Main activities include preserving and disseminating cultural content via archival collecting, public programs, publications, exhibitions, speaking forums, international collaborations, scholarly exchange, artistic sponsorship, and related venues.
Foundation support comes primarily from Khazar University, the first private university in Azerbaijan and one of the country’s leading institutions of higher learning. Additional information about the Karabakh Foundation may be found at www.karabakhfoundation.org.