Service of Arab Americans Showcased at Exhibit in Lansing

Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs Hosts Patriots and Peacemakers Opening Ceremony

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April 27, 2017 – Gov. Rick Snyder was the keynote speaker as the Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs (CMEAA) hosted the opening reception of the nationally renowned Patriots and Peacemakers exhibit Wednesday at Lansing Community College. The exhibit is run by the Arab American National Museum and will be on display in the LCC Library until May 9, 2017. Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country tells true stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that affirm the important role Arab Americans have played in our country and state throughout history.

“This important exhibit showcases how Arab Americans have been an integral part of the United States and Michigan by contributing to our society in myriad ways, including public service,” said Manal Saab CMEAA Chair. “I’d like to thank Governor Snyder and many other officials for participating in the opening reception and we were honored to partner with LCC and the Arab American National Museum to share some of the stories of Arab Americans throughout the history of this country.” “Our Governor’s dedication to making Michigan a welcoming state to everyone – regardless of color, creed, or country – is a superlative example of American virtue,” said Sharif Hussein, CMEAA Second-Vice Chair. 

Patriots & Peacemakers highlights three specific areas of service: the U.S. Armed Forces, diplomatic service and the Peace Corps. Personal narratives highlight Arab American men and women of different national and religious backgrounds. The public is invited to attend this exhibit, which also encourages visitors to consider how commitment to service impacts them in their daily lives. The exhibit has been on display not only in venues in Michigan including Flint and Lansing, but also in Jacksonville, Florida; Houston; Atlanta; multiple venues in Southern California; at the Brown vs. Board of Education Nat'l Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas; and at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., among other locales.

Gov. Snyder created CMEAA by executive order in 2015. The commission’s mission is to empower, promote and advance the Middle Eastern American community throughout Michigan.

For more information on the CMEAA, please visit the commission’s website.

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