Arab American Heritage Month!
The Greater Detroit area is home to one of the largest, oldest, and most diverse Arab American communities in the United States, and we are proud of our DPSCD Arab American community members. From the first Arabs to immigrate to Detroit in the late I880s to present-day community members, Arab Americans have positively contributed to the richness of our city's fabric as educators, innovators, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and politicians. There are 22 Arab countries, including Palestine, which are members of the Arab League and share a common history, language, and culture, and we celebrate their contributions to our collective American identity this month. Check out the project, lesson plans, and additional resources below and to the right to help our students learn about Arab American Heritage.
Did you know?
On April 13, 2021, the Detroit Public Schools Community District Board of Education adopted a Resolution Acknowledging April as National Arab American Heritage Month.
On April 19, 2021, President Joe Biden recognized April as National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM). In the letter, Biden expressed congratulations and best wishes “to all those celebrating National Arab American Heritage Month.” He stressed that “the Arab American community is essential to the fabric of our Nation” and that he was honored to be a part of a celebration that “recognizes Arab American culture, heritage, and contributions to American society.”
Arab Heritage Month Student Showcase Submissions
Students are to submit original works around Arab Heritage. For essays and poems, students should record a reading of the essay or poem in a 2–3-minute video (mp4 format) in length. This project is open to all students, not just students of Arab descent.
All projects must be submitted to email@example.com no later than April 22, 2022, but will be accepted on a rolling basis. In the title of the email submission, please submit the student name, teacher name, grade level, and title of the project. Projects can be submitted as either an Essay, Poem, Artwork, Video (mp4 format), Dance, Rap, or Song!