Arab-American Heritage Month

April is National Arab-American Heritage Month and is set aside to honor the contributions of Arab-Americans in American history.

Celebrating Arab-Americans

During the month of April, the Arab America Foundation formally recognizes the achievements of Arab Americans through the celebration of National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM). Across the country, cultural institutions, school districts, municipalities, state legislatures, public servants, and non-profit organizations issue proclamations and engage in special events that celebrate our community’s rich heritage and numerous contributions to society.

Arab America and the Arab America Foundation launched the National Arab American Heritage Month initiative in 2017, with just a handful of states recognizing the initiative. Each year, our grass-roots network of over 250 Arab American volunteers in 26 states gathers hundreds of proclamations from their states, counties, municipalities, and local school districts. 

The President of the United States recognized the month of April as National Arab American Heritage Month with a special commemorative letter to our organization. In 2022, Congress, the U.S. Department of State, and 45 state governors issued proclamations commemorating the initiative. Additionally, the following states have passed permanent legislation designating the month of April as NAAHM: Illinois, Oregon, Virginia, Indiana (Senate), and California.


View LibGuide: Arab American Experience

Arab-American Heritage Month Events

(All events are open to ECC students, staff, faculty)

Calendar of Events

Raya Ani Sustainable Architecture Exhibition
Raya Ani is a Multidisciplinary Architect, her passion and interest crosses over disciplines to include architecture, urban design, interior design, fashion, art and the environment.

More info here

April 8 - May 2, 2024


Art Gallery

Hijab Awareness Day
Millions of Muslim women choose to wear the hijab. Come experience what it is like to wear a Hijab.

Tues, April 16

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Student Services Plaza, outside of the Social Justice Center

Panel Discussion: Why I Wear the Hijab

ECC Students and faculty share their personal experiences and various reasons why they choose to wear the Hijab, or not. 

Weds, April 17

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Social Justice Center (Comm 204)

Arab-American Movie Night 

To Be Confirmed

Tues, April 30

9:45 - 11:10 AM

Social Justice Center (Comm 204)


If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, or have questions about the physical access provided, email as soon as possible, but no later than seven days prior to the event.