Posted on February 19, 2015 in Arab American Institute

Throughout the month of February, AAI will be celebrating Black History Month by revisiting the lives and stories of African American leaders in the civil rights movement who paved the way for greater justice and equality.

 

A Common Cause: Police Profiling Plagues Arab American and Communities of Color

By Eve Soliman

Winter Intern, 2015

The historic civil rights movement that has seen so much progress continues to be extremely important in pushing for greater equality and confronting societal ills. One of those battles is the use profiling by government law enforcement agencies. Over the past decade, profiling has had a harmful effect not only on the African American community, but the Arab American community as well. 

The Instrumental Role of Arab Americans in the Civil Rights Movement

By Eve Soliman

Winter Intern, 2015

Arab Americans have been invested in the civil rights movement since its beginning stages in the 1950’s, and continues to be a supportive voice in the shared struggle for human rights. The Arab American community has made significant contributions to the civil rights movement by supporting efforts to end segregation and advance equality and justice in the United States. Read more.


Black History Month and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the United States

By Eve Soliman

Winter Intern, 2015

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” dedicated his life to ensuring the acknowledgment of African Americans in the education system – an effort that paved the way for Black History Month to become an established celebration. Read more.


March on Washington: Arab Americans and the Civil Rights Movement

Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry addressed tens of thousands of Americans from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  The march on the National Mall drew crowds in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, originally delivered on August 28, 1963.

In her speech, Maya reminded us that Arab Americans have been a part of the civil rights movement since the beginning, and though we have come a long way as a community and a nation over the past 50 years, there is a lot more to do to fully realize Dr. King’s vision for the country. Read more.

 


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