Felicien is a refugee from Africa, where for years he and his family struggled to move freely throughout his country to find food and clean water. Felicien lived in a United Nations camp beginning in 1997 and recalls waking up each day feeling sad, as he faced poverty and sickness. In 2015 he and his family received the opportunity to resettle in the United States and his life changed. He was full of excitement, living a dream come true.
Through the support of the Gulf Coast JFCS Refugee Resettlement and Replacement Program, Felicien became self-sufficient and truly began to live the like that he had always dreamed of. "Life today is much better. I feel that I am home," Felicien shares. He has worked for more than a year as an Uber driver, gives back to the community as an interpreter for Project Prosper, a non-profit working to empower immigrants with financial tools and he has assisted other refugees in obtaining houses with Habitat for Humanity.
James Truslow Adams coined the term American Dream in his 1931 book, The Epic of America. The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.
Felecien is a shining example of living the American Dream. When asked what he would like to say to others about America, he shares, You have a great country, a great nation! Love your country, protect the peace of your neighbor, protect the peach of each other.
Gary Mormino, is prolific writer, author of a wide range of academic and popular books. Immigrants on the Hill (University of Illinois press, 1986) won the Howard Marraro Prize as the outstanding book in Italian history. The Immigrant World of Ybor City (University of Illinois Press, 1987) received the Theodore Saloutos Prize for the outstanding book in ethnic-immigration history. In addition, two of his articles have received prizes for the best writing in Florida history. He has written for the St. Petersburg Times, Orlando Sentinel, and Miami Herald. He currently writes a bi-weekly column on state and local history for the Tampa Tribune.
Almost two decades ago, Mormino began to research a social history of modern Florida. Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida was published in the spring of 2005 by the University Press of Florida. Readers have called it a seminal study in state history. Michael Gannon, Distinguished History Professor at the University of Florida, writes that Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams will be the book by which all future studies of modern Florida will be measured. In 2006, the Florida Historical Society awarded the book the Charlton Tebeau Prize.
Dr. Mormino received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina and has taught at USF since 1977.In 2003 the Florida Humanities Council named him its first Humanist of the Year.
In the first 15 years of her career, Ann Morrison rose from fact-checker to executive editor of FORTUNE magazine, a Time Inc. magazine. In 1994, the company named her chief editorial executive of its Asiaweek magazine in Hong Kong, where she remained until 2000. That year Time Inc. transferred her to London, where she became co-editor (with her husband Donald Morrison) of the European edition of TIME. In 2008 and 2009, she was a lecturer in the Global Business Journalism Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. In 2011 and 2012, she taught media management at Sciences-Po in Paris, in addition to freelancing for various publications. She now serves on the Advisory Committee of the American Library in Paris, and continues to freelance as a writer and an editor on subjects ranging from French beauty secrets to Chinese culture. A graduate of the College of New Rochelle, she holds graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics.
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