The Maryland Governor’s Office orchestrated a momentous occasion to commemorate the 2023 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, centered around “Advancing Leaders through Opportunity.” The event at the Center for Social Change featured a blend of virtual and live components, ensuring a memorable experience for all attendees.
Governor Wes Moore and Lt. Governor Aruna Miller, unable to physically attend, conveyed their heartfelt messages through a captivating video projection, engaging the audience and emphasizing their commitment to supporting the Asian Pacific community.
The ceremony commenced with a soul-stirring rendition of the National Anthem, delivered by Ashwin Hazarika, a talented soloist who brought the patriotic spirit to life. The audience was captivated by the stirring performance, setting the tone for the evening.
Nancy Naomi Carlson, a celebrated poet, took center stage to recite her enchanting work, “A Strange Fragrance in the South Wind.” Her words resonated with the audience, immersing them in the beauty and depth of Asian-Pacific American culture.
Rev. Lawrence E. Walker, Sr., Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, took the podium to deliver the opening remarks and introduce the esteemed chairpersons of the Governor’s Commissions. He highlighted the event’s significance and emphasized nurturing leadership and creating opportunities for all.
Jasdip Singh Jesse, Chairman of the Governor’s Commission of South Asian American Affairs, then took the stage as the keynote speaker, sharing insightful perspectives on advancing leaders within the Asian Pacific community. His words inspired the audience and ignited a sense of empowerment and possibility.
The evening reached its crescendo with the highly anticipated keynote remarks delivered by Atif T. Chaudhry, Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services. Secretary Chaudhry addressed the audience, emphasizing the government’s commitment to creating a conducive environment for leadership development and providing opportunities for growth and success.
Susan C. Lee, Secretary of State, stepped forward to present a proclamation, underscoring the government’s official recognition and appreciation of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The audience applauded the efforts made to honor and promote diversity within Maryland.
Guiding the event’s proceedings with grace and charm, Christina Poy and Ajnaja Bordoloi assumed co-emcees’ roles, seamlessly transitioning between segments and ensuring a smooth program flow.
The 2023 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration exemplified the spirit of unity, cultural appreciation, and leadership advancement. Maryland continues to stand at the forefront of promoting inclusivity and fostering an environment where all communities thrive.
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