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Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month

The Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs is thrilled to be celebrating Arab American Heritage Month this April.

CMEAA joins Governor Whitmer and President Biden, who recognized April as Arab American Heritage month this year. As Governor Whitmer said in her Proclamation, "Arab Americans have been an integral part of the State of Michigan since their migration to the United States around 1880."

Today, Michigan is home to the largest concentration of Arabs in the country, with the population predominantly located in Southeast Michigan. President Biden said in his letter recognizing National Arab American Heritage Month, "For centuries, Arab Americans have embraced working hard, giving back, and cultivating friendship and community — helping shape our nation's history and build our future."

This April, CMEAA invites all to recognize the significant contributions to academia, business, medicine, law, technology, government, science, and social justice Arab Americans make. Experience the rich culture of Arab Americans by going to your local Arabic restaurant or visiting the Arab American National Museum. And protect your friends and neighbors by learning about how the history of Arab Americans in the U.S. remains neglected or defaced by misconceptions, bigotry, and anti-Arab racism in the forms of crimes and hate speech.

Check out the Arab American Foundation website and the Arab American National Museum Calendar for ongoing news and activities during April.