National Arab American Heritage Month celebration
On Tuesday, April 30th, you are invited to join Arab America as we commemorate National Arab American Heritage Month in the nation’s capital, Washington DC.
The event will feature an exposé of Arab culture, presenting authentic Arab cuisine (including a falafel bar), live Arab music, dabke dance, visual arts, traditional fashions, Bethlehem wine, and Birzeit beer from Palestine.
Through the efforts of Arab America’s national committee, school districts, public servants, municipalities, and state legislatures are issuing proclamations/resolutions, recognizing April as National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM). Additionally, special events celebrating our community’s rich heritage and numerous contributions will take place across the nation during April.
* Business attire, a traditional ethnic dress is encouraged.
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 will engage in special events that celebrate our community’s rich heritage and numerous contributions to society.
“The time has come for Arab Americans to become pro-active regarding their contributions in the U.S. for over a century,” said Warren David, president of Arab America; he went on to say, “This year, we are receiving a multitude of proclamations from school districts, municipalities, governors, and state legislatures. Moreover, one-hundred events are taking place across the nation–a testament to the contributions Arab Americans have made to America’s rich diversity.”
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.
Arab America has formed a national advisory committee of over seventy Arab Americans from over twenty-eight states to approach state legislatures, city councils, school board members and other public officials to issue NAAHM proclamations (see link above) and adopt AA educator curriculum kit, which is currently being disseminated to school districts across the nation. part of a month-long celebration.
The 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.
Arab America is committed to gathering and promoting the community’s events and stories through our website and social media platforms during this month of April. Every week, Arab America will feature 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.
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 out to as many students as possible. You can sponsor a school here.
Arab America will host a cross-cultural event, National Arab American Heritage Month Commemoration 2019 in Washington DC, on April 30th, featuring Arab American leaders, government officials, and talented national artists. If you are interested to attend the event Click Here.
The following Congressional Representatives have confirmed attendance at the event:
- 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)
Arab America encourages members of the community, their friends, the media, educators, and public servants to join us in our formal recognition of April as National Arab American Heritage Month.
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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