LANSING — Today, state Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) introduced House Resolution 60 to declare April as Arab-American Heritage Month in Michigan. More than 200,000 Arab-Americans reside in Michigan, making our state home to the largest concentration of Arab-Americans in the U.S.

“Arab-Americans have been an integral part of Michigan since migration to the United States in the 1800's in search for a destination that would better provide political, economic, and religious freedom,” said Hammoud. “Our state is home to the highest concentration of Arab-Americans in the United States, with Dearborn as its epicenter. By declaring April 2019 Arab-American Heritage Month, we take a step towards building bridges between diverse communities and shattering misconceptions and stereotypes of Arab-Americans.”

In HR 60, Hammoud also highlights the vast contributions of the Arab-American community in the fields of academia, business, medicine, science and social justice that continue to make our state a better place to live.