May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month
At the April 26th Village Board meeting, Mayor Johnson issued an official proclamation recognizing May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This is part of a continuous effort to recognize heritage months in Libertyville.
To read the Mayor's proclamation, click here.
To read the Mayor's statement, click here.
In support of the month, we encourage residents and visitors alike to engage in additional resources for education and celebration:
-YMCA Education Series: "Being Asian-American and an Elected Official" featuring Holly Kim, Lake County Treasurer
On Tuesday, May 3rd at 11 am, join the first Korean-American woman elected in the state of Illinois as she attributes her independent streak to her great-grandmother, a woman fighter in the Korean rebellion with Kim Koo. The conversation will focus on having to maneuver cultures while growing up, learning to be true to yourself, and mental health. Register for this free virtual event here.
-Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) AAPI webinars and events
Throughout May, the DCEO will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Its Offices of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) and Regional Economic Development (RED) will host a variety of virtual events that feature business resources, highlight the APPI community's resilience and contributions to Illinois, and spotlight AAPI businesses. To view a listing of and register for upcoming events, click here.
-Cook Memorial Public Library has curated a list of recommended books categorized by reader age.
-The Library of Congress hosts a national resource website cataloguing events and resources for the month.
-The White House has issued a national proclamation recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander Month.