International Mother Language Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 18, 2010

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer warm wishes to all those celebrating International Mother Language Day in Bangladesh, where the day originated, and around the world on February 21.

This is an occasion to honor the Bangladeshis who stood up for the right to speak and teach their own language. In the United States, many Bangladeshi-Americans will gather with family and friends to celebrate their vibrant linguistic and cultural heritage.

It is a time when we remember the power of language—to tell us where we came from, to share our story with others, to persuade, to educate, and to preserve our cultures. Let us take this opportunity to reaffirm our respect for the great diversity of languages and cultures we see around the world and to working together to promote mutual understanding and cooperation.


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PRN: 2010/185