April is National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM).
The National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM) initiative was launched in 2017 by Arab America and the Arab America Foundation to recognize the contributions of Arab Americans to the United States. In 2022, President Biden became the first U.S. president to declare April as Arab American Heritage Month. In his 2023 proclamation, President Biden said, “This month, we join together to celebrate the immeasurable contributions of Arab Americans to our Nation and recommit ourselves to the timeless work of making sure that all people have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.… Today, the achievements of Arab Americans are reflected in the arts and sciences; in businesses and faith communities; in classrooms and hospitals; and in police stations, firehouses, and every branch of the military. Arab Americans are also proudly serving throughout my Administration, bringing a diversity of expertise that helps make this country stronger, more prosperous, and more just.”
This year, over 90 Proclamations, Resolutions, and Statements have been issued from the U.S. Government and 43 states by governors, mayors, school boards (including NYC Public Schools), and county executives. Governor Kathy Hochul issued this proclamation on behalf of the State of New York.