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U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Several Members of Congress, Arab League Ambassador Salah Sarhan, to Attend National Arab American Heritage Month Commemoration

posted on: Apr 24, 2019

On Tuesday, April 30th, Arab America will commemorate National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM) with a special reception in Washington DC, from 6:00-8: 30 pm. The program will commence at 7:00 pm.

During the month of April, Arab America formally recognizes the achievements of Arab Americans through the celebration of NAAHM. Across the country, state legislatures, governors, municipalities, school districts, cultural institutions, and Arab Americans engage in special events that celebrate our community’s rich heritage and numerous contributions to society.

Several Dignitaries Will Attend April 30th Commemoration

At the commemorative event on Tuesday, U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI) representing Michigan’s 13th Congressional District will give remarks in addition to Arab League Ambassador, Salah Sarhan.

In addition to Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, several members of Congress will attend the event including:

Senator Debbie Stabenow (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)

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY)


Attend the DC Commemorative Event on April 30th

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, 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.  

Lebanese American Artist Helen Zughaib to Exhibit “Syrian Migrations” at Commemorative Event

The series Syrian Migrations evolved from The Arab Spring/Unfinished Journeys and dug deeper into the theme of forced migration after the Arab uprisings. Helen’s cause was to educate and to nurture empathy for the Syrian refugees. The series is inspired by famous African American artist Jacob Lawrence who documented the journey of African-Americans from the rural South to the urban North. Helen Zughaib followed his example and illustrated the ongoing refugee catastrophe in the world today. The vivid tones are present in the paintings, as usual; women and children are wearing colorful clothes but the prevailing pattern on those clothes is striped, which resembles imprisonment and desperation.

87 Proclamations from 26 States Received to Date

The Arab American community reached another milestone yesterday when Arab America, received its 86th proclamation from the 26th state, commemorating National Arab American Heritage Month. This new milestone is the result of Arab America’s grassroots effort of over eighty national advisory committee members from twenty-five states.

We have received proclamations from the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusets, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, 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.

National Arab American Heritage Month Sponsors

Signature Circle

Leadership Circle


Contributor Circle

The Nubian Village

The League of Arab States


Maher Abdelqader

Issam and Jihan Andoni

Fakhoury Leadership International

Fred Hadeed

Nazeeh and Nada Kiblawi

James Koury

Dr. Khalil Korkor and Family

Samar Hussein Langhorne

Denyse Sabagh

George and Rhonda Salem Family Foundation

Joseph Shahda


National Arab American Women’s Association

Ibrahim Hamideh

Ali Zaghab

In-Kind Sponsors

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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