Friday, January 4, 2013

Kahlil Gibran should have a stamp

I've poached from the ADC (American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee) website, in their quest to get Gibran on a postage stamp....

Kahlil Gibran Appreciation Initiative

"Advance and never halt, for advancing is perfection." -Kahlil Gibran
TAKE ACTION! Sign the Petition for a Kahlil Gibran U.S. Postage Stamp
ADC proudly announces its new Kahlil Gibran Appreciation Initiative to honor the great philosopher, poet, artist, and writer. His work is among the most lyrical and expressive in all literature. He wrote principally of love, life, death, and homeland. A Lebanese-born immigrant to the United States, he belonged to the world. Known to all for his imaginative works and seemingly never-ending wisdom, Gibran is truly deserving of commemoration.
Born in 1883 in Bcharre, Lebanon, Gibran immigrated to the United States in 1894 with his family, settling in Boston. In 1912, he traveled to and settled in New York where he remained until his death in 1931. The written works of this illustrious man were completed in English and later translated into Arabic among many other languages.
Gibran is best known for his masterpiece, The Prophet, first published in 1923. It has been reprinted over 107 times with over 100 million copies sold. His works were all self-illustrated and are an expressive fusion of art and poetry. Intolerant of tyranny and oppression, he taught of the supreme healing power of love and the unity of man. His meager beginnings and life trials taught him the meaning of pain, hardship, and the agony of failure which all contributed to the resounding success of his works decades after his death.
The mission of the Kahlil Gibran Appreciation Initiative is to gain a more far-reaching appreciation for the cherished works of Gibran. As a non-sectarian, non-partisan organization welcoming members of all ethnicities and religions, and dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and preserving the rich heritage of the Arab American community in the United States, ADC feels it is uniquely poised to initiate such a campaign to ensure that Gibran, who truly bridged the two worlds -- Arab and American, is recognized and appreciated for the profound effect he has had on the world as a whole.
ADC will launch this initiative with the submission of a petition to the Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee with the hope that it will accept and recognize Gibran for his contributions in the form of a United States stamp. Further, the initiative will be contacting the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee to discuss the possibility of developing a commemorative US coin or medal to honor Gibran. This initiative will be dedicated to finding ways to further the legacy of Gibran. As Gibran wrote, "A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle." ADC will utilize Gibran’s contributions to show he is deserving of recognition as one of the greatest artists and writers of all time. We are excited to announce this new initiative that will require your support in the coming months.
In a true sense, Gibran belongs neither to Lebanon nor America, but to all peoples, in all places, at all times. Like Lebanon, he was a mixture of the old and new, the East and the West.
Want to know more?
For questions about the initiative or to participate, contact ADC's Kahlil Gibran Legal Fellow Renée Moorad at
Take Action!
On behalf of the Postmaster General, the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) is tasked with evaluating the merits of all stamp proposals. Learn more about CSAC

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