In 2017, the Arab America Foundation and Arab America launched an initiative to make National Arab American Heritage Month an official annual observance. Since then, the group of more than 250 Arab American volunteers in 28 states has been able to obtain proclamations recognizing Arab American Heritage Month at several levels of government. While a public law has not been passed on the federal level, there has been greater progress with the initiative. In both 2022 and 2023, President Biden recognized April as Arab American Heritage Month with a Presidential Proclamation. The President of the United States urged "all Americans to learn more about the history, culture, and achievements of Arab Americans and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities."
Arab America Foundation "National Arab American Heritage Month" Retrieved from: https://arabamericafoundation.org
The White House "A Proclamation on Arab American Heritage Month, 2023" Retrieved from https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions
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