Picnic brings together Nashville's growing Kurdish community - WKRN News 2

Picnic brings together Nashville's growing Kurdish community

Updated: Aug 2, 2009 11:01 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville's Kurdish community, already the largest group of Kurds in the country, is growing.

The group hopes to integrate themselves in the Nashville community and dispel any of the negative opinions people may have about them.

They gathered Sunday at Nashville's Edwin Warner Park.

Kuvon Murat helped organize the picnic, designed to bring together many of the 10,000 Kurdish people that call Nashville home.

"I have been [in Nashville] since 1994 and with the exception of a few months in Knoxville, I've lived [in Nashville] the rest of the time," he said.

James Harvey, a Baptist preacher, also helped organize the event with the cooperation of his church members.

"One of the exciting things for me is to show these Kurdish people that we care about them, we love them, that God loves them and has a plan for their lives," he said.

The Baptist group gave away more than 600 backpacks with school supplies to the Kurdish school children.

Organizers like Harvey and Murat hope that the focus on education will dispel any of the negative opinions surrounding the Kurdish community.

"You know, the perspective of the Kurds has been such a negative one, we hope that this will show a positive one of the majority of Kurds in Nashville, Tennessee," he said.

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