Each year, during the month of April, the Copyright Alliance proudly celebrates Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM)! On April 1, 2022, President Joe Biden officially recognized National Arab American Heritage Month, an initiative launched in 2017 by Arab America and the Arab America Foundation alongside a handful of states.
On March 31, 2023, the White House issued a proclamation on Arab American Heritage Month stating, “Ours is a Nation shaped by the immigrant’s heart, and generations of brave and hopeful people from across all countries, including from the Arab world, have woven their unique heritages, customs, and talents into the tapestry of America. 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.”
Celebrate with us the rich history and culture of Arab Americans this April by checking out our blogs, articles, and educational resources.
If you are an Arab American creator who would like to be featured or partner with us in education and advocacy for copyright, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blogs and Articles
- Arab American Heritage Month 2023: Stories That Matter (Copyright Alliance)
- A Proclamation on Arab American Heritage Month, 2023 (The White House)
- The Story of Arab Americans’ Beginning in America – And the Quest for Fair Representation (U.S. Department of State)
- Proclamations, Resolutions, and Statements Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month-April 2023 (Arab America)
- Who Started the Movement for National Arab American Heritage Month? History and Legacy (Arab America)
- Stop Asking Me for the Hummus Recipe (Inside Higher Ed)
- Celebrating the History and Contributions of Arab Americans (Berkeley Extension)
- The Skin and Its Girl (Sarah Cypher)
- Food for Our Grandmothers: Writings by Arab-American and Arab-Canadian Feminists (Joanna Kadi)
- A Woman is No Man (Etaf Rum)
- The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf (Mohja Kahf)
- The Tale of Princess Fatima, Warrior Woman (Melanie Magidow)
- Arab American Café (Ahlan)
- The Queer Arabs (Alia, Ellia, Ahmed, Nadia, and Adam)
- Arab-American Psycho (Noor Elkhaldi)
- Arab Talk with Jess & Jamal
Creators featured during 2023
- Naomi Shihab Nye: Poet, editor, songwriter, and novelist whose work encompasses her heritage and voice as an Arab American.
- Gregory Orfalea – Author and editor of eight books including Journey to the Sun and Messengers of the Lost Battalion.
- Sonya Tayeh – Emmy nominated choreographer whose form of “combat jazz” has been seen across numerous Broadway stages and shows.
- Peter Macdissi – Actor and producer who has been featured in works like Uncle Frank and Ramy.
- Rolla Selbak – Filmmaker, podcaster, and storyteller whose writing and directing features strong female characters such as in her work Choke.
- Rania Matar – Award-winning photographer who explores her personal and collective identity through photographs of female adolescence and womanhood.
- Ramy Youssef – Actor, director, and comedian who received a Golden Globe for his semi-autobiographical Hulu comedy Ramy.
- Sam Maloof: Furniture designer and woodworker who began designing and making custom furniture in the 1950’s.
- Andrea Abi-Karam – Trans poet-performer and activist whose debut work Extratransmision has been performed at RADAR, The Poetry Project, The STUD, and more.
- Maysoon Zayid – Actress and comedian know as one of America’s first Muslim women comedians.
- Sahar Mustafah – Author and teacher whose debut novel The Beauty of Your Face was a finalist for the 2021 Palestine Book Award and named The New York Times Book Review Notable Books of 2020.
- Bazzi – Singer, songwriter, and record producer whose song “Mine” peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- Khadija Mouh – Moroccan fashion designer who has been designing and coordinating events for 20 years.
- Helen Zughaib – Fine artist whose paintings have been gifted to heads of state such as President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.