It’s June and Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o fashionably shows off her t-shirt celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month.
“What I think is so wonderful about America is the fact that it’s a society of immigrants,” says the New York resident, herself an immigrant born in Mexico to Kenyan parents, in a video from the nonprofit Welcome.us.
Nyong’o wears a white tee with the top cut out and series of patterned holes on both shoulders, its front emblazoned with “I AM AN IMMIGRANT” in bold, black and red letters across the chest.
MULTIPLIED STAR POWER
Nyong’o’ is one of many artists adding their voice to a campaign by the nonprofit Welcome.us to raise awareness about the contributions of immigrants to the United States.
The effort does not make a difference between legal and undocumented immigrants.
Started in 2014, Immigrant Heritage Month is now recognized by 48 states, from New Hampshire to Nebraska, from Alabama to Arizona, according Welcome.us. “We have 222 new and returning partners this year, whose engagement and support has been invaluable,” says the nonprofit in a press release.
CHILDREN OF IMMIGRANTS
Some U.S.-born famous personalities also proudly wear the “I AM IMMIGRANT” t-shirt. “I am Rosario Dawson and I’m a descendant of immigrants,” says the star of “César Chavez” and “Sin City.” The actress has also posed with her mother, writer and singer Isabel Celeste who is of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban roots, both women wearing campaign tees.
In addition to Nyong’o and Dawson, Welcome.us recruited other famous actors for its 2016 effort. They include Margaret Cho (“Drop Dead Diva”), Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife), Guillermo Díaz (“Scandal”), Roselyn Sánchez (“Rush Hour 2”), Wilmer Valderrama (“That ’70s Show”), and Kerry Washington (“Scandal,” “Django”).
CAPTURED IN PHOTOS
The stars were captured in portraits taken by Cary Fukunaga, director of “Beasts of No Nation” and whose Japanese-American father was born in a Japanese incarceration camp during World War II.
You can also join those stars in the campaign donning your very own “I AM IMMIGRANT” tee, available in two colors, black and white. They are on sale for $10.95 here.
Not only that, you can join the effort by creating a new Facebook profile picture for yourself here IAmAnImmigrant.com.