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Rep. Dingell Recognizes April as National Arab American Heritage Month in Congress

posted on: Apr 10, 2017

BY: Nisreen Eadeh/Staff Writer

On April 5, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), formally recognized April as National Arab American Heritage Month in Congress.

She rose on the House floor last week to recognize the Arab American community during the month of April, saying, “Arab Americans embody the core values of our country through their initiative, work ethic and dedication to faith and family, and their contributions to the United States are worthy of commendation.”

Rep. Dingell represents the city of Dearborn, which has the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the county. She used her time on the House floor to proclaim that Arab Americans have contributed significantly to the success of the American auto industry, as well as prestigious institutions like the University of Michigan.

“These individuals have made vital contributions across a variety of fields, including medicine, business and government. Arab Americans represent individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life, and their family values, strong work ethic, dedication to education, and diversity in faith and creed that have added strength to our great democracy,” Rep. Dingell stated.

The Dearborn native also asked her colleagues to join her in honoring the accomplishments of Arab Americans by further recognizing April as National Arab American Heritage Month in their respective districts.

“Their positive impact on the United States’ civic life is deserving of recognition,” Rep. Dingell said, ending her speech.

Rep. Dingell made the proclamation the same day she attended Arab America’s reception kicking off National Arab American Heritage Month. At the reception, Rep. Dingell spoke about the profound impact they have made to Dearborn and Michigan. She spoke forcefully of her support for the community and intentions to protect it against those who vilify or attack it through hate and fear mongering.

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