Washington, DC.- Ike Gulas, international president of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), the leading association for the nationʼs 1.3 million American citizens of Greek ancestry, and Philhellenes, issued the following statement about the 85th Anniversary of AHEPA:
“In 1922, America was far removed from the America of equality which we cherish today. Greeks were discriminated against and treated as second class citizens all across our nation. But for the determination and steadfastness of the eight Greek-Americans in Atlanta, our accomplishments today would not have been realized.
“We not only owe gratitude to AHEPA for assisting our ancestors assimilate in a foreign and distant land, but we also owe them praise for the ability to foresee the need to establish an organization that would stand-up for what is right, not only for the Greek population, but also for all who needed a voice.
“On this day, we should reflect not only on our past, but also on AHEPAʼs bright future.”
On September 8, AHEPA will mark the 85th anniversary with celebrations in Atlanta, Ga.