National Arab American Heritage Month

April 7, 2023 | DEI Department

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Evident Change invites you to celebrate the contributions and achievements of Arab Americans this National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM), commemorated annually in April.

Historical Context

NAAHM was first proclaimed on a federal level in April 2021 by President Joe Biden after years of advocating by Arab American organizations and Pierre Subeh, Syrian American advocate and author. NAAHM celebrates a heritage and culture that has shaped our society, creating footprints in every profession as an integral part of human civilization and its progression.

Advocates of the Community

Rashida Tlaib headshot

Rashida Tlaib is a mother, attorney, and United States representative for Michigan’s 12th congressional district. She made history in 2008 as the first Muslim woman to serve in the Michigan legislature. Born and raised in Detroit, and wanting to see change in her community, she dedicated herself to producing equitable policies. As a state representative, she organized the “We All Have a Right to Breathe” campaign, in which she successfully enforced policies removing polluting semitrucks from neighborhood streets, contributing to better air quality for the health of individuals in the community. Despite challenges, Congresswoman Tlaib continues in her role to relentlessly advocate for human rights, creating a more equitable system.

A Call For Action

Since long before the attacks of September 11, the Arab American community has faced racial discrimination and stereotypes, with individuals not feeling welcome to practice their religion or at times not feeling “American enough” even as American citizens. The September 11 attacks only heightened the threat against the Arab American community. Following these attacks, scrutiny in the media made life even more traumatizing for Arab Americans as they faced racial profiling, violations of civil rights, harassment in the workplace, and targeting for hate crimes. Evident Change stands with the Arab American community against hate and welcomes Arab culture, traditions, and practices, which support community and enhance society. As part of its inclusivity work, Evident Change also continues to examine its organizational practices, policies, and culture in relation to the heritage and culture of staff.

Ways To Honor and Celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month

Community Activities

Learning Resources