Friday, January 31, 2014

Sounds of Upper Darby

“Sounds of Upper Darby”
International Mother Language Day

January 31, 2014 – Upper Darby, PA. Upper Darby Township and Upper Darby Multicultural Commission will Present International Mother Language Day 2014.

On February 22, 2014 Upper Darby Township and the Upper Darby Multicultural Commission (UDMCC) will host International Mother Language Day at Beverly Hills Middle School.  Beverly Hills Middle School is located at 1400 Garrett Road, Upper Darby, PA.  The school has ample parking and is accessible by public transportation.
Last year, Mayor Thomas Micozzie proclaimed February 21, 2013 as International Mother’s Language Day.  He remarked that:

“Upper Darby Township is proud of the diversity of culture and the rich traditions that so vitally enhance our community. It is key to protect linguistic diversity in our township cultural acceptance. International Mother Language Day endorses the fact that languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. It is important to note the Upper Darby Township and School District incorporates over 62 languages and dialects in this very proud and diverse community.

Language is fundamental to communication of all kinds, and it is communication that makes change and development possible in human society. There is growing awareness that languages play a vital role in development, in ensuring cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, but also in strengthening collaboration and attaining quality education for all.”

In November 1999, the General conference of the United Nations educational, Scientific and Cultural organization proclaimed the 21st day of February of every year as International Mother Language Day. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. This is an event in world history where citizens of a country gave their lives in a non-violent protest movement to retain the right to use their mother language.

The event on February 22 will celebrate cultural diversity and multilingualism.  There are fun activities for children and families.  Everyone is invited. The event is free and open to all.

For additional information, call Raya Fagg at 610.734.7784 or email  

The Upper Darby Multicultural Commission was developed in October 2013 by Mayor Thomas N. Micozzie and Former Councilman Reverend Nate Goodson to cultivate the growing diversity in Upper Darby Township.  The UDMCC will provide information for diversity models for policy recommendations on crime, housing, education, nutrition, and economic development.