AADC Salutes the late board member Miriam Zayed

AADC Salutes the late board member Miriam Zayed

The Arab AmericanDemocratic Club (AADC) hosted a memorial to honor Miriam Zayed, an Arab American activists who died on Oct. 23, 2019. Miriam Zayed was actively involved with AADC and with the community and was an inspiration to many activists seeking to champion human and civil rights, and equal rights for Arabs in America. A long time board member with AADC, Miriam Zayed was a mother, wife, businesswoman and former teacher who ran for office twice for the School District 230 Board off Education.

The breakfast memorial was held on Sunday feb. 3, 2019. To honor Miriam’s legacy, AADC created the “Miriam Zayed Community Service Award”that was presented to three community leaders who have dedicated their lives also to helping the Arab American community, Malik Ali of MPI Media Group in Orland Park, Ghada Talhami, an educator, professor at Lake Forrest College and a former Midwest Director of the Arab League’s Chicago Office, and Nemer Ziyad, CEO of Ziyad Brothers Importing in Cicero, Illinois. More than 400 people attended the event including representatives from the Zayed family.

Here is the program:

Emcee Ray Hanania,
Samir Khalil, AADC Executive Director

Speakers:

Comedian Amr Zaher
AAI Executive Director Maya Berry
Former Gov. Pat Quinn
Lena Hussein, Miriam Zayed’s daughter

Miriam Zayed Community Service Award Presentation

  • Malik Ali

  • Nemer Ziyad

  • Ghada Talhami

Closing Speakers

Fadwa Naji
Former Judge Bill Haddad
Closing Remarks, attorney Vivian Khalaf

Acknowledgments

-Shereen Isbitan, DJ
-Aaron Hanania, videographer
-Rima Sweis -Saad Malley
-Khalil Khalil -Ahmad Ramahi
-Khalil Khalil -Sonia Khalil
-Sultan Shaltaf

Our Honorary board members

-Hani Abdalla
-Dr. Ahmad Ramaha
-Mohammad Abdalla

Special Thanks to:

-Sami Studio
-Fatima Khalil and Simmy

Emcee Ray Hanania

Emcee Ray Hanania

AADC Executive Director Samir Khalil

AADC Executive Director Samir Khalil

Detroit Comedian Amr Zaher

Detroit Comedian Amr Zaher

Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry

Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry

Former Governor Pat Quinn

Former Governor Pat Quinn

Lena Zayed Hussein, Miriam Zayed’s daughter

Lena Zayed Hussein, Miriam Zayed’s daughter

Lena Zayed Hussein speaking to a gathering of more than 400 attendees a a memorial for her mother hosted by the Arab American Democratic Club on Sunday Feb. 3, 2019.

Lena Zayed Hussein speaking to a gathering of more than 400 attendees a a memorial for her mother hosted by the Arab American Democratic Club on Sunday Feb. 3, 2019.

Attorney Vivian Khalaf offers the closing remarks

Attorney Vivian Khalaf offers the closing remarks

More than 400 people attended the commemoration for Miriam Zayed at Nikos Restaurant on Sunday Feb 3, 2019

More than 400 people attended the commemoration for Miriam Zayed at Nikos Restaurant on Sunday Feb 3, 2019

Dr. Ghada Talhami, one of the three recipients of the Miriam Zayed Community Service Award.

Dr. Ghada Talhami, one of the three recipients of the Miriam Zayed Community Service Award.

Nemer Ziyad, CEO of Ziyad Brothers Importing addressing the gathering after receiving the Miriam Zayed Community Service Award.

Nemer Ziyad, CEO of Ziyad Brothers Importing addressing the gathering after receiving the Miriam Zayed Community Service Award.

Longtime activist Fadwa Naji speaks about her work with the late Miriam Zayed.

Longtime activist Fadwa Naji speaks about her work with the late Miriam Zayed.

AMVOTE Director and former Judge Bill Haddad speaks about the work that Miriam Zayed did for the community in activism and politics.

AMVOTE Director and former Judge Bill Haddad speaks about the work that Miriam Zayed did for the community in activism and politics.

Samir Khalil presents the Miriam Zayed Award for Community Service to MPI President Malek Ali.

Samir Khalil presents the Miriam Zayed Award for Community Service to MPI President Malek Ali.