Celebrating National Arab American Heritage Month

graphic shows silver tea pot and tapestry and word celebrating National Arab American Heritage Month April 20202 and hashtag #ArabAmericanHertiageMonth

In 2017, the Arab America Foundation and its sister organization Arab American launched an initiative to create a National Arab American Heritage Month. It was established for April and the month is dedicated to celebrating the history, culture, diversity, and significant contributions made by Arab Americans in the United States.

It began with only a handful number of states acknowledging it. Since then, it has gained momentum and support from school districts, organizations, institutions, state legislatures, public servants, and politicians from across the country. Since its launch, the Arab American Foundation has worked closely with their grassroots network of volunteers to spread awareness and educate local communities about the month.

Joe Biden letter recognizing National Arab American Heritage Month
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In 2019, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) introduced a resolution in Congress for the month to be recognized on a national scale. While the legislation has not passed, on April 19, 2021, President Biden published a White House letter recognizing the month and detailing the importance for appreciating and celebrating the Arab American community and culture. This was the first time a US president publicly validated and commemorated National Arab American Heritage Month. It now has support from the U.S. Department of State and 37 state governors.

For the more than 3.7 million people in the United States who identify as Arab American, there are still far too many biases and acts of hatred against them. This month is an important opportunity to celebrate the community’s rich heritage and contributions to American history, culture, and society.

Follow the hashtag #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth on social media to share your support and learn more throughout the month. 

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Zane Landin

Zane Landin is an undergraduate student at Cal Poly Pomina in California studying Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. He is currently Interning at SAGE Publishing as a Corporate Communications Intern. He is passionate about storytelling, DEIA and mental health/disability justice.

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