September 9, 2011
As we near the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and revisit memories of the days and months after the attacks, we remember the kindnesses shown by Brooklynites to people streaming across the Brooklyn Bridge that awful day. We remember the heartbreaking posters on the lampposts along Court Street as families looked for lost loved ones.
We also reflect on the many challenges New Yorkers have faced in the years since: the increase in unemployment and home foreclosures following the financial crisis; the young men and women returning from military service needing healing and support; and the new fears and insecurities in Brooklyn’s immigrant communities, particularly those with roots in the Middle East.
It’s been a turbulent decade, but our people are resilient and that Brooklyn spirit is alive and well in all of our communities.
Here is the story of one young Brooklyn community leader whose life was changed by 9/11. We salute her work, and the work of Brooklyn’s nonprofit community who fight every day to build a freer and stronger city.
Linda Sarsour is a Brooklynite (and Do Gooder!) who gives true meaning to the term. She’s bold, unwavering, and proud of her culture and community—as a Bay Ridge resident and as an Arab American. She is the director of the Arab American Association of New York, which is also marking its 10th anniversary this fall.
“We were born out of the aftermath of 9/11…the Arab American Association of New York was a safe haven for people, " said Sarsour. "These have been the toughest ten years that the Arab and Muslim communities in this country have ever seen.”
Anniversary Event: “Doing Good in a Post 9/11 World”
Join the conversation about giving and service after 9/11 this Sunday at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
At 2pm, we will present a free program (the first in our new Why We Do Good discussion series) with acclaimed author Julie Salamon to examine the reasons people do good, framed by her 2003 book Rambam’s Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It is Necessary to Give.
Following the talk, audience members will be invited to walk to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade where New York City-based poet Dave Johnson will read brief selections from his work as well as Galway Kinnell’s “When the Towers Fell.”