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Arab American Heritage Month: Celebrate

Arab American Heritage Month


History of National Arab American Heritage Month

Celebrating the rich and diverse culture and contributions of the diverse population of Arab Americans, National Arab American Heritage Month has been observed during the month of April since 2017. An estimated 3.7 million Americans have Arab roots, according to the Arab American Institute, with ancestries traced to 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Morocco, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and others.

The initiative for official national designation of the month was launched in 2017 by the nonprofit media and education organization Arab American Foundation and its sister organization Arab America. It began with support from a few states, but gained momentum each year. 

In 2019, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), introduced a resolution to Congress to proclaim April as National Arab American Heritage Month. “It is my hope as a strong and proud Arab American in Congress that our nation can uplift our contributions in the United States by supporting Arab American Heritage Month,” Tlaib, a first-generation American, said about the resolution. The bill remains pending.

National Arab American Heritage Month was recognized in April 2021 by President Joe Biden, with the U.S. Department of State, some members of Congress and 37 governors issuing proclamations supporting the month, according to Arab America. Continue reading from History

From our Collection

Link to Love Is an Ex-Country by Randa Jarrar in the catalog
Link to Conditional Citizens by Laila Lalami in the catalog
Link to Bavel : modern recipes inspired by the Middle East by Ori Menashe & Genevieve Gergis in the catalog
Link to The Wrong End of the Table by Ayser Salman in the catalog
Link to The Wild Fox of Yemen by Thea Almontaser in the catalog
Link to Son of Elsewhere by Elamin Abdelmahmoud in the catalog
Link to The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar in the catalog
I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib in the catalog
Link to The Tiny Journalist by Naomi Shihab Nye in the catalog
Link to You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat in the catalog
Link to Salamati: Hamed's Persian Kitchen by Hamed Allahyari in the catalog
Link to Fencing with the King by Diana Abu-Jaber in the catalog