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Posted on: April 8, 2021

Diversity Committee shares information on Arab-American History Month

Did you know that April was recently declared Arab-American History Month by the U.S. State Department?

The U.S. is home to more than 3.5 million Arab-Americans representing a diverse array of cultures and traditions. Arab-Americans trace their origins to 22 Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Those countries include:

Algeria

Bahrain

Comoros

Djibouti

Egypt

Iraq

Jordan

Kuwait

Lebanon

Libya

Mauritania

Morocco

Oman

Palestine

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

Somalia

Sudan

Syria

Tunisia

The United Arab Emirates

Yemen

 

The first immigrants arrived in the late 19th century and a second wave started after WWII and still continues. Arab is a linguistic and cultural term. It refers to those who speak Arabic as their first language. Most Arabs are Muslims, but there are also millions of Christians Arabs and thousands of Jewish Arabs. 

Keep an eye out through out this month to learn more about Arab Americans and their contributions to American society!

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