Know Your Neighbor (KYN): Share Your American Story

New citizens swear their oaths during a naturalization ceremony (The White House, Lawrence Jackson)

The Know Your Neighbor: Share Your American Story Campaign ran from July 2nd-6th, 2018

As residents of this great nation, we have a civic obligation to engage with other Americans and to get to know one another in all our diversity. We need to look for commonalities and explore differences. Although America is an incredibly diverse melting pot, or salad bowl, made up of people of all races, religions, and creeds, we often don’t take the time to learn our neighbors’ stories — what makes them who they are, what brought them to this great nation, or what the United States means to them.

That’s why, in this time of divisiveness facing our nation, we challenge you to share your own story and listen to those of your neighbors. For it is only in getting to know one another that we can build empathy and compassion, develop awareness and understanding, offer or receive support, and maybe, just maybe begin solving the conflicts facing our nation and the world by working towards the common good.

During the week celebrating the 4th of July, we invite you to join our Know Your Neighbor: Share Your American Story Campaign by sharing your unique American story — whether of recent arrival or spanning many generations in this country — through social media or in-person events. We invite you to reflect on your family history and traditions, as well as larger questions such as: If your family was banned from immigrating to America, what would have happened to them? What does the 4th of July mean to you? How do we discuss our various immigration stories while remaining aware of the huge difference between being an immigrant and being a descendant of slaves or of indigenous people?

By sharing on social media you can inspire others to explore what being an American means to them. Come with us and #KnowYourNeighbor.

How to Participate