“The Newest Americans Prom” photo exhibit in the Library

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John Abramson photography show on exhibit January 5 – 30, 2018.

The teenagers in these photographs are all refugees; their families fled their home countries by no fault of their own. Families escaped civil disorder, violence and conflict. Some left their countries crossing unmarked borders by foot, day and night. Most of the youth featured in this exhibit spent their childhood in refugee camps in Kenya or Rwanda. After years of uncertainty, these teenagers arrived with their families in a strange land with a new language and culture, starting over in the United States from scratch.

Prom is an American coming-of-age ritual where teens get dressed up, usually have dates and celebrate in high school gyms. They dance to the latest pop music and have fun. Three years ago, a group of ACC’s International CITY teens decided to host their own prom. These teenagers came from countries with their own traditions, music and dances. Pairing as dates is often not part of their cultures, however, getting dressed up, looking their best, being with friends, dancing to their favorite music, meeting new people and having fun are common to all cultures.

“The Newest Americans Prom” will be on exhibit in the Fireplace Lounge in Dayton Memorial Library now through Jan. 30.


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