Austin Armenians Turn out to Commemorate Genocide

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AUSTIN, Texas — On Saturday, April 18, about one thousand Armenian-Americans and their supporters marched from the First Methodist Church Family Life Center to the State Capitol. Many residents from Houston and Dallas also participated in the walk.

The Austin Peace March and Rally, organized by Texas Armenians on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, recently announced the keynote speakers for the historic gathering at the south steps of the State Capitol in Austin.

“The mission of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Texas is to educate and raise awareness in Texas of the Armenian Genocide and, 100 years later, to stand against cultural genocide and persecution the world over,” said Mihran Aroian, chairman of the committee. “Most Armenians in Texas are descendants of survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Our mission here is to use this event to speak out against genocide, hatred, prejudice, and ethnic annihilation.”

The program at the Peace March featured keynote speakers, Khatchig Mouradian and Emily Sample.

A large crowd chants as they march up Congress Avenue toward the Capitol in Austin, Tx., to commemorate and raise awareness about the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide in Turkey on Saturday, April 18, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Lola Manoogian carries a photo of her husband an family as she and a crowd march up Guadalupe Street toward the Capitol in Austin, Tx., to commemorate and raise awareness about the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide in Turkey on Saturday, April 18, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Lola Manoogian carries a photo of her husband an family as she and a crowd march up Guadalupe Street toward the Capitol in Austin, Tx., to commemorate and raise awareness about the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide in Turkey on Saturday, April 18, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 

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Zareh Aghajanian leads the crowd in chants as a people march up Guadalupe Street toward the Capitol in Austin, Tx., to commemorate and raise awareness about the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide in Turkey on Saturday, April 18, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Mouradian is coordinator of the Armenian Genocide Program at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Genocide scholar Emily Sample is the assistant director of the Education at Holocaust Museum Houston.

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