Detroit Evening Report: Tlaib, Dingell introduce resolution designating Arab American Heritage Month

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Rashida Tlaib, Debbie Dingell

Congresswomen Debbie Dingell and Rashida Tlaib introduced a resolution this week to recognize April as Arab American Heritage Month across the U.S.

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“It is always an honor to introduce a resolution uplifting Arab American Heritage Month,” Tlaib said in a statement. “As a proud and unapologetic Arab American woman serving in Congress, and the Congresswoman to represent one of the largest Arab American communities in the country, I know how important it is that our community feels seen and celebrated by our federal government. Arab Americans have made invaluable contributions to our country, and I look forward to seeing this resolution adopted.”

President Biden issued a proclamation honoring the Arab American community for April 2023. The congressional resolution would make the honor a permanent acknowledgement of the history and contributions of the Arab American community.

“In Southeast Michigan and across America, Arab Americans are part of the fabric of our country,” Rep. Dingell also said in a statement. “Arab Americans have been an integral part of Michigan’s identity, sharing their culture and traditions with us. They are doctors, teachers, small business owners, service members, and most importantly, neighbors and friends. Arab Americans are among the most loyal and patriotic Americans I know and have helped shape our state and nation for the better. I’m proud to recognize April as Arab American Heritage Month to celebrate the accomplishments and impact of this community.”

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.