Arab American Heritage Month 2024


Arab American Heritage Month 2024 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) celebrates Arab American Heritage Month 2024 by honoring and highlighting the diverse culture, heritage, and contributions of Arab Americans throughout history. We encourage our community to study, observe, and celebrate this community and its rich heritage. This nationally recognized month pays homage to the traditions, cuisine, artistic expressions, languages, people, culture, and stories of Arab American communities.  

Origin of Arab American Heritage Month 

Arab American Heritage Month was initiated by the nonprofit media and education organization, the Arab America Foundation, and its sister organization, Arab American, in 2017. Initially, support was provided by only a few states, however, more states began to embrace the celebratory month over time. Then in 2019, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell and Rep. Rashida Tlaib proposed a resolution to Congress, proclaiming that April shall become National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM).  

“It is my hope as a strong and proud Arab American in Congress that our nation can uplift our contributions in the United States by supporting Arab American Heritage Month,” – Rep. Rashida Tlaib 

Then in April 2021, President Joe Biden recognized NAAHP along with the U.S. Department of State, congress members, and 37 governors who issued proclamations supporting the month. Permanent legislation was passed in Illinois, Oregon, and Virginia designating April as National Arab American History Month by 2022. At the same time, similar legislation was pending in Michigan, New York, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, and Rhode Island. 


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