April is Arab American Heritage Month, which honors Arab American culture and pays tribute to the contributions of Arab Americans. Today, there are roughly 3.7 million Arab Americans living in the United States;
In 2017, Arab America coordinated an initiative to create National Arab American Heritage Month and it was first introduced to the house by U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell in 2019. Although some individual states observe Arab American Heritage Month in April, a national observation has still not passed. In March 2020, Governor Inslee signed a proclamation in commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month.
Looking for suggestions on how you can honor Arab American Heritage Month? Read on!
Attend Arab American events
• Check out the wide variety of events hosted by Arab America and experiences hosted by the Arab American National Museum
Support Arab-owned businesses
• Search for Arab-owned businesses on Arab America's business directory
Support Arab American nonprofits
Arab American Institute
Arab American National Museum
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Washington
National Arab American Women's Association (NAAWA)
Celebrate Arab American literature and media
• Books for adults:
Recommended Indie Reads for Arab Heritage Month
A Reading List for Arab American Heritage Month and Beyond
Alexandria Library's Arab American Heritage Month collection
American Writers Museum's Arab American Heritage Month Book Picks
• Books for kids:
St. Louis Public Library's Nine Books to Celebrate Arab American Heritage Month
Arab Film & Media Institutes' Four Films to Watch During Arab American Heritage Month
For more resources, check out Arab America's list of resources and content regarding the Arab and Arab American identity and culture.