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Nine Members of Congress Confirm for National Arab American Heritage Month Commemoration with 69 Proclamations from 22 States

posted on: Apr 17, 2019

WASHINGTON DC–Arab America is proud to announce that nine members of Congress have confirmed to attend the National Arab American Heritage Month Commemoration on Tuesday, April 30th in Washington DC.

The Arab American community reached another milestone this week when Arab America, received its 69th proclamation from the 22nd state, commemorating National Arab American Heritage Month. 69 proclamations, so far, from such a short time period, is unprecedented in the history of the Arab American community. This milestone is the result of Arab America’s grassroots effort of over seventy national advisory committee members from twenty-two states.

“We are honored to have nine members of Congress attend our commemorative event, especially at this critical time regarding Anti-Arab rhetoric and sentiment,” said Warren David, president of Arab America. He went on to say,  “Last week, we thought we reached an unprecedented milestone of over 50 proclamations and resolutions, we are expecting even more proclamations as a result of our grassroots effort to make National Arab American Heritage Month a national initiative across the nation.”

The National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM) 2019 Commemoration takes place on Tuesday, April 30th from 6:00-8:30 pm. The event promises to be an exposé of Arab cultural stations, authentic Arab cuisine (including, kibbe, grape leaves, tabouleh and hummus) a Falafel bar, Arab Qahwa coffee fortune booth, a Henna station, live Arab music band, authentic Dabke dance troupe performance, visual arts, traditional fashions, and a beer and wine station with beverages from Bethlehem and Birzeit, Palestine.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the event please Click Here.  

Members of Congress have confirmed to date include:

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI)

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA)

Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA)

Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM)

Congressman André Carson (D-IN)

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY)

Just yesterday we received a proclamation from our Michigan Team for the city of Detroit:

We have received proclamations from the following states: California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusets, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. If you don’t see your state, contact Dr. Amal David and she will guide you on how to approach your local city, state or school district.

Click here to see Proclamations issued to date.

During the month of April, Arab America formally recognizes the achievements of Arab Americans through the celebration of National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM). Across the country, cultural institutions, school districts, municipalities, state legislatures, public servants, and Arab Americans are engaged in special events that celebrate our community’s rich heritage and numerous contributions to society.

During a time of heightened hate crimes, bigotry, and misunderstanding towards the Arab American community, it is more imperative than ever to use education and information sharing to embrace our culture, dispel stereotypes, and empower the next generation of Arab American trailblazers.

Educator’s Curriculum Kit

The NAAHM Educator’s Curriculum Kit highlights the history of Arab migration to America, geographic understanding of the Arab world, Arab American diversity in faith and language, interesting customs and traditions, issues affecting our community, and our many achievements in business, politics, education, and more. You can request a curriculum kit to be sent to a school district or individual school by contacting Dr. Amal David.

Events and Resources

Arab America is committed to gathering and promoting the community’s events and stories through our website and social media platforms during the month of April. Every week, Arab America is featuring cultural events taking place throughout the US on our events page, and share compelling success stories of Arab Americans on our blog page. Additionally, Arab America has compiled a resource guide listing resources and content regarding the Arab and Arab American identity and culture.

Contribute by Sponsoring a School

Arab America is also asking donors to sponsor a school or school district to receive our Educational Curriculum Kit. With close to 14,000 school districts and over 100,000 schools, we need the resources to get to as many schools as possible. Sponsor your school of choice and we’ll send a kit on your behalf. Help us reach as many students as possible. You can sponsor a school here.

About Arab America

Arab America is a digital platform founded with the purpose of reinforcing an accurate image of the Arab American community and the Arab World. Arab America’s mission is achieved by disseminating the latest news, up-to-date events, and cultural and educational resources. With close to four million Arab Americans in the US, Arab America serves as a “bridge” bringing together the diverse communities of Arab Americans.


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