April 2019: Arab American Heritage Month

WHEREAS, at least 200,000 Arab Americans reside in the State of Michigan; and,


WHEREAS, Michigan is home to the highest concentration of Arab Americans in the United States;


WHEREAS, Arab Americans have been an integral part of the State of Michigan since their migration to the United States in the early 1900’s in search for a destination that will better provide political, economic, and religious freedom; and,


WHEREAS, since migrating to the United States, men and women of Arab descent have shared their rich culture and traditions with neighbors and friends, while also setting examples of model citizens and public servants; and,


WHEREAS, the economic capabilities and political involvement on all levels of government are a testament to the contribution the Arab American community makes to Michigan; and,


WHEREAS, the large number of Arab Americans living in Michigan are a vital and valued part of the population that contributes to the fields of academic, business, medicine, science, and social justice, which makes our state a better place to live; and,


WHEREAS, it is important to recognize the heritage and culture of such an inspiring group of people;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the month of April 2019 as Arab American Heritage Month to celebrate the numerous accomplishments and rich history of this important group of people that make Michigan vibrant, unique, and strong.