Roanoke kicks off Welcoming Week

On Friday, Roanoke kicked off a series of activities to celebrate Welcoming Week.
On Friday, Roanoke kicked off a series of activities to celebrate Welcoming Week.(wdbj7)
Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 7:30 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Roanoke is kicking off a week of activities that highlight the city’s diversity and its desire to be a welcoming community for everyone, including immigrants.

Friday morning, members of City Council gathered for the opening ceremony of Welcoming Week.

Visitors admired a new art exhibit on the fourth floor of the municipal building.

David A. Ramey Jr. was happy to see images of Henry Street created by his late father David A. Ramey Sr. on display in the municipal building.

“He put a lot of images on paper so people who came after him would know a little bit about their history and where they had come from and where their parents, and their parents had come from,” Ramey told WDBJ7.

Several more events are scheduled between now and September 22. And organizers hope a week of activities will have a lasting impact.

“We’re hoping to have monthly or bi-monthly events from here on out,” said Katie Hedrick, an organizer of the Welcoming Week events, “to invite people to come get to know people of other cultures, to eat at international restaurants, to learn a new language, all of those kinds of things.”

One of the first events was a 5K fun run Friday night that raised several thousand dollars to help resettle families from Afghanistan.

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