Posted by Heba Mohammad on April 06, 2017 in Blog

Resized_20170405_190037.jpegAn energized crowd turned out for the kickoff of National Arab American Heritage Month hosted by on April 5. As attendees enjoyed traditional Middle Eastern food and a surprise dabkah performance, they reveled in the uniqueness of their shared Arab heritage while celebrating the community’s many achievements.

Several special guests were in attendance to deliver messages of unity and hope. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser reaffirmed her support for Arab Americans at the event, calling the community an invaluable asset to the city, and identifying D.C. as a “human rights capital.” Mayor Bowser then presented Warren David, President of, with a resolution officially declaring April 2017 as Arab American Heritage Month. 

Resized_20170405_185929.jpegAlso in attendance was Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, who gave a rousing speech in which she vowed to keep fighting against bigoted policies and for creating more welcoming, inclusive communities. This celebration was the first event Dr. Husam Zomlot, the new Palestinian ambassador to the United States, attended in his official capacity. His remarks were encouraging as he promised to fight for Palestinian rights.

Arab American Heritage Month is a reminder of the positive contributions Arab Americans make to their communities year-round, and the Arab American Institute is proud to be a presenting partner for’s National Arab American Heritage Month celebration.