Celebrities, Elected Officials, and Community Leaders Join Together to Celebrate Fifth Annual Immigrant Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, DC – Throughout June, a diverse group of artists, entertainers, elected officials, local and national organizations, and community and business leaders representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia celebrated the fifth annual Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM). IHM is a nationwide celebration highlighting the countless contributions that immigrants and their descendants have made to our nation over generations.

New to IHM this year was a series of public art installations held in cities across the country, including Washington, DCChicagoHoustonAtlantaSan Diego, andSalt Lake City. Community members and local officials created unique art by adding flags of their identified heritage to interactive, city-specific exhibits. At the end of each celebration, each city was presented with the completed art, which visually represented the diversity of the community. Additionally, the inaugural Celebrate Immigrants Awards were presented to ten individuals who demonstrated exceptional dedication to the spirit of immigrant heritage, culture, and diversity.
A diverse and bipartisan cohort of governors and mayors representing 41 states issued a combined 194 proclamations to formally recognize Immigrant Heritage Month, and the immigrants who have impacted their communities.
Since its launch in 2014, Immigrant Heritage Month has grown into a powerful nationwide celebration of immigrants and immigration in the United States. Highlights from this year’s celebration include:
  • “Celebrate Immigrants” Community Celebrations: The “Celebrate Immigrants” National Tour hosted six marquee events in six cities. Day-long, pop-up events were held in Washington, DCChicagoHoustonAtlantaSan Diego, and Salt Lake City. Each event was unique and reflected the identity of the city, with cultural performances, information fairs, speeches from elected officials and community members, and more.
Washington, DC kicked off IHM celebrations on June 5
Young Chicagoan adds flag to art installation
Performers dance at Atlanta IHM event
San Diego Mayor Faulconer participates in an IHM press conference
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) selects flag to add to art installation
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) participates in IHM art installation in Houston
  • Celebrate Immigrants Awards: On June 25, ‘I Am An Immigrant’ announced the recipients of the inaugural Celebrate Immigrants Awards. The awardees are immigrants and allies who have made contributions to their community and empowered immigrant communities to thrive. This year’s recipients are:
  • José Andrés – Michelin-starred Chef and Humanitarian
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo – Professional Basketball Player, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Greg Casar – City Council Member, Austin TX
  • Diane Guerrero – Author and Actress (Orange Is The New Black)
  • Kumail Nanjiani – Comedian, Actor and Writer (The Big Sick)
  • Bee Nguyen – Member of Georgia House of Representatives and Executive Director of Athena’s Warehouse
  • John McCain – Senior United States Senator from Arizona
  • Elias Rosenfeld – Student, DACA Recipient, and Advocate
  • Peter Ujvagi – Community Organizer and City Council Member, Toledo, OH
  • UndocuMedia – Nonprofit Advocacy Organization and Social Media Influencer
Celebrity Engagement, Digital & Social Media
  • On Friday, June 1, the ‘I Am An Immigrant’ campaign released a powerful celebrity video featuring Bellamy Young (Scandal), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton) and Shannon Woodward (Westworld), among others.
  • Immigrant Heritage Month hashtags (#CelebrateImmigrants) generated more than 437 million impressions across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the month of June.
Elected Officials, Business Leaders & Community Voices
Elected Officials Show their Support
  • Governors and mayors representing 41 states issued a combined 194 proclamations recognizing June as Immigrant Heritage Month:
  • Mayors including Muriel Bowser (Washington, DC), Jim Donchess(Nashua, NH), Rahm Emanuel (Chicago), Kevin Faulconer (San Diego), Jim Kenney (Philadelphia), and Jackie Biskupski (Salt Lake City), issued proclamations celebrating June as Immigrant Heritage Month.
  • Governors included Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R), Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R), Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R), New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D), Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D), South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster (R), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R), and West Virginia Governor Jim Justice (R) among others.
Business & Nonprofit Partners
  • Business and nonprofit partners joined the campaign this year to honor Immigrant Heritage Month:
  • Business partners included the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1871, and DanzArts.
  • Nonprofit partners included Latinos Progresando, the Council on American–Islamic Relations, The Dream Center at the University of Utah, the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City, the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, and the Karen Organization of San Diego.
  • Partner events included:
  • A workshop offering free and high-quality legal assistance with applications for U.S. citizenship, presented by Project Citizenship.
  • A 48-hour hackathon in New York including a keynote speaker and expert panel and celebrating immigrant heritage.
  • An Immigrant Journey Awards Gala in North Texas honoring exceptional immigrants and advocates.