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Whereas the unfortunate and tragic events of unparalleled proportions that shook the whole nation on September 11, 2001, caused the loss of 3,000 lives, September 11th will be long remembered in the United States of America as the day that changed the world forever.

Whereas out of this tragedy rise multitudes of opportunities for understanding of the many levels of diversity that beautify our world.

Whereas the United States of America, like many other countries, has people of many faiths and traditions, cultures and customs, languages and thoughts, that makes them unique.

Whereas a better understanding of each other at deeper levels will help us avoid violent encounters of similar proportions.

Whereas our powerful technological systems would then not be used for destructive purposes, rather they would remain as tools that bring about human comfort and prosperity.

Whereas in many cities and regions around the country, interfaith, intercultural, and international dialogue has taken a stronghold, especially since the events of September 11th, 2001.

Whereas the time is ripe for observing an annual national and, perhaps, international day of interfaith, intercultural, and international dialogue.

Whereas NAME represents and promotes the diversity existing in the nation and the world.

Whereas NAME encourages all levels of intercultural, interracial, and interfaith dialogue and promotes various means of understanding.

Whereas NAME encourages parents, educators and all citizens to use many channels of communications at personal, state, national and international levels to promote understanding.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that September 11th be observed as an annual national day of intercultural, interfaith, and international dialogue and reflection.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NAME encourages its members and all civic organizations and educational institutions to organize events around September 11th for healing, communication and self-empowerment for positive change.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this annual day of dialogue will also be a time for remembrance of our spiritual roots, community service, and appreciation of the gifts of diversity.

Adopted by the Board of Directors of the National Association for Multicultural Education on February 1, 2003.