On September 18-19 Elkader (Iowa), home of the Abdelkader Education Project (AEP, Inc.), will host the sixth annual celebration of its namesake, Emir Abdelkader al Jazairy. Known as Algeria’s George Washington, the emir was a warrior, scholar, freedom fighter of the 19th century who was admired across the world. Even a local lawyer in Dubuque named his new settlement in the emir’s honor in 1846. This year, AEP will honor high school and college students from across the U.S. for their winning essays: Why Emir Abdelkader matters today.

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