by Dennis Dalman
Green Card Voices, a traveling exhibit featuring the lives of immigrants to central Minnesota, will be widely seen in Sartell during the month of May.
One of the immigrants featured in the show is Sartell resident Zurya Anjum, who works as a psychiatrist at the VA Health Care System in St. Cloud.
Green Card Voices will be displayed at the Sartell Community Center from April 30 through May 11. The exhibit is open to one and all and admission is free. After its Sartell debut at the community center, it will move on to all of Sartell’s five schools: May 7-11 at the two elementary schools, May 14-19 at Sartell Middle School; and May 21-25 at Sartell High School. An anonymous donation from a Sartell-St. Stephen community member is providing students and staff the opportunity to experience the exhibit at the schools, according to a press release from the Sartell-St. Stephen school district.
The lives of 18 immigrants are featured in Green Card Voices. A photo of each one is displayed on panels that are 8-feet tall, along with text and video of each person. The immigrants featured include people from countries that include Germany, Mexico, Somalia and El Salvador.
Sponsored by UniteCloud.com, the exhibit opened first at St. Cloud’s Whitney Center in January. The purpose of the exhibit is to promote understanding and insights into the life stories of the immigrants – their skills, their contributions, their cultural enrichments, their families, the struggles they endured and the challenges of adapting to life in a new country.
Author: Dennis Dalman
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.