Global Community Lunch conversations: Gracie Xavier and Abdul Muhit

Keith Owens, Gracie Xavier, and Muhit. Photo by Brendan Ross.

Throughout September our community lunch presentations have centered on the global community within our walls. We’ve paired people up from disparate backgrounds each week to share their stories in conversations facilitated by our friend Keith Owens of the Michigan Chronicle. We feel lucky to have such a richness of backgrounds in our building. The first week we heard from Amany Killawi (from LaunchGood) and Michel Soucisse (from the El Moore).

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Keith, Amany, and Michel

Amany’s family comes from Syria and Michel’s from Quebec, Canada. Amany shared with us the story of her family’s planned move back to Syria in 2001, which was put on permanent hold because their departure date was 9/11, and the move was eventually abandoned. Michel shared about the surprisingly historic connections he’s found between his Quebecois family and Detroit dating back to the 1700s. The next week Jenna Hage-Hassan (4Thought Studios) and Ondrej Soukup (IT professional & GG alum) spoke about their respective experiences in Lebanon and the Czech Republic.

This past Friday, two members of Global Detroit, Gracie Xavier and Abdul Muhit, shared their stories. Gracie was born in Haiti and moved to Miami in 1981. Since then, she has lived in quite a number of U.S. cities in pursuit of her degrees in art, social work and graphic design, which led to her work utilizing community art as therapy. Muhit, as he prefers to be called, originally comes from Bangladesh, moved to London for school in 2011, and came to Detroit with his wife, who is from here. He joined Global Detroit as an outreach specialist in 2016.

We here at the Green Garage feel richer for having these individuals in our community. We have two more weeks of ‘global community’ discussions, so feel free to join in on the conversation!

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