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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF TOLERANCE - Connecting young people to encourage diversity, strengthen the human spirit and give youth a voice.
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What It Is

On November 17, 2003, WAFF celebrated UNESCO's International Day for Tolerance at the United Nations with the hour-long international webcast "We Are Family: Educating Our Children for a Safer World," along with the Anti-Defamation League, Operation Respect, Shoah Foundation and Court TV. Hosted by Al Roker of NBC's The Today Show, the program connected young people worldwide to encourage diversity, strengthen the human spirit and give a voice to today's youth.

The event included a screening of the WAFF music video, We Are Family: A Musical Message for All, and introduced the video's diversity curriculum. Nile Rodgers read Mattie J.T. Stepanek's "For Our World" poem and led the U.N.'s International School Concert Choir in a special rendition of "We Are Family" for the program finale.

Other special guests included Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary and Founder of Operation Respect; Nane Annan, wife of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan; Timothy Bellavia, Founder of We Are All the Same Inside; Abe Foxman, National Director of ADL; Shashi Tharoor, U.N. Director of Public Information; and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, President of Operation Respect.

Spotlight On

Al Roker


Al Roker of NBC's The Today Show hosted WAFF's international webcast "We Are Family: Educating Our Children for a Safer World," connecting youth from all around the world.

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