Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, an award-winning journalist and bold advocate for social justice and Palestinian rights, will present the keynote address at Bright Stars of Bethlehem’s 15th Anniversary Gala on September 29th at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Dr. Hill will be joined by Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Palestinian theologian, social entrepreneur and Bright Stars’ cofounder.
The theme of their presentation is, “Why bother with Palestine?”
The event comes at a critical time for U.S.-Palestinian relations. Just this week, Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were scheduled to meet with Rev. Dr. Raheb in Bethlehem and see first hand Bright Stars’ work in the region, but those meetings were cancelled when Israel denied entry to the two representatives.
Tickets for the gala are $200 each or $2000 for a table of ten and can be purchased at www.brightstarsbethlehem.org/15thcelebration. Doors will open at 5 p.m. on Jan. 23 with the dinner scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Event features live Palestinian music, four-course dinner, and live auction. Guests will learn more about the impactful work of Bright Stars of Bethlehem in Palestine. All funds raised will go to support the work in education in the arts and culture and outreach programs for youth, families and older adults, as well as public advocacy for basic human rights.
Bright Stars of Bethlehem is a US-based nonprofit that promotes peace and justice in Palestine through Dar al-Kalima University of Arts & Culture and its initiatives for youth, families and older adults, as well as public advocacy for basic human rights.
Dr. Lamont Hill is currently the host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Rev. Dr. Raheb is the co-founder of Bright Stars of Bethlehem and founder of numerous educational and cultural initiatives including Dar al-Kalima University of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, where he is also President. He has authored 17 books and is the most widely published Palestinian theologian. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, including Oloff Palme Prize (2015) and the German Media Prize (2012) for his local, regional and international efforts to end the occupation in Palestine and work towards a peaceful, equitable society for all in the Middle East.