In 2017, the Arab American and the Arab American Foundation launched the National Arab American Heritage Month initiative; however, it wasn’t until much later that the initiative was more widely celebrated.
Officially recognized by President Biden in April 2021, Arab Heritage Month is now an annual, month-long celebration of the diversity and richness of Arab American identity, culture, food, music and dance.
- Nearly 4 million Americans can trace their heritage, opens a new window to an Arab country.
- Michigan, Illinois, California, and New York have the largest Arab American populations, opens a new window in the country.
- The majority of Arab Americans are native-born, and nearly 82% of Arabs in the U.S. are citizens, according to the Arab American Institute, opens a new window.
Ways to Celebrate
Read books by Arab Americans
For more library staff picks, check out these reading lists!
Watch a Documentary on Arab American History
- Arab Indianapolis: A Hidden History (PBS), opens a new window
- American Arab (PBS) , opens a new window
- A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans, opens a new window
Famous/Well Known Arab Americans
- Hoda Kotb – An Egyptian-American broadcast journalist, television personality, and author: This Just Speaks to Me, opens a new window
- Ahmed Zewail – Egyptian-American Chemist , opens a new window
- Donna Shalala – Former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services , opens a new window
- Elias Zerhouni – Algerian-American radiologist. His work led to advances in Computed Tomography , opens a new window(CAT scanning) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging, opens a new window (MRI) that resulted in over 200 peer reviewed publications and 8 patents. (Wikipedia)