Clearing out my junk email this morning, I was taking a drink of Diet Pepsi when I saw an email from Arab America and figured it had to be some spam hoax to get you to click on an evil Russian virus or something, so I made sure my security filters were good and set, then clicked on it, holding my breath…
No bells and whistles. Hmm…what do we have here?
Inside was this courteous invitation to join arms in recognizing and celebrating National Arab American Heritage Month!
Checked out the links, it was legitimate. Website links, contact info, sponsor links, mostly with weird alphabet soup names of companies I’d never heard of.
Meh, no big deal…
Arab America invites you to recognize and celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month this April!
During the month of April, Arab America formally recognizes the achievements of Arab Americans through the celebration of National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM). Across the country, cultural institutions, school districts, public servants, and Arab Americans will engage in special events that celebrate our community’s rich heritage and numerous contributions to society.
During a time of heightened hate crimes, bigotry, and misunderstanding towards the Arab American community, it is more imperative than ever to use education and information sharing to embrace our culture, dispel stereotypes, and empower the next generation of Arab American trailblazers.
As part of our month-long celebration, Arab America has been asking legislators, city councils, and school board members to issue NAAHM proclamations and adopt our NAAHM curriculum kit. Sent to nearly 100 school districts, the curriculum kit highlights the history of Arab migration to America, geographic understanding of the Arab world, Arab American diversity in faith and language, interesting customs and traditions, issues affecting our community, and our many achievements in business, politics, education, and more.
Among those recognizing NAAHM include: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Arlington Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, the City of Dearborn Heights, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Arab America is also committed to promoting the community’s events and stories through our website and social media platforms during the month of April. Every week, Arab America will feature cultural events taking place throughout the US on our events page, and share compelling success stories of Arab Americans on our blog page.
“Unfortunately, we’re in a time where negative stereotyping and political rhetoric have induced unwarranted hate and bigotry directed against our community,” said Arab America president, Warren David. “We are hopeful that the spirit of National Arab American Heritage Month will restore the dignity our community deserves.”
As the leading provider of digital media to the Arab American community, Arab America will also work alongside diverse partners to host a cross-cultural reception in Washington DC, featuring Arab American leaders, members of Congress, and talented artists.
Arab America encourages members of the community, their friends, the media, educators, and public servants to join us in our formal recognition of April as National Arab American Heritage Month.
Arab America is a digital platform founded with the purpose of reinforcing an accurate image of the Arab American community and the Arab World. Arab America’s mission is achieved by disseminating the latest news, up-to-date events, and cultural and educational resources. With close to four million Arab Americans in the US, Arab America serves as a “bridge” bringing together the diverse communities of Arab Americans.
Then, scrolling down the sponsors list, I suddenly spit the Pepsi all over my monitor…
Sponsors for National Arab American Heritage Month
If you hadn’t known that something was coming, wouldn’t you have spit on your monitor too?
Anyway, I’m just putting this out there for you, if you think it is a great idea for Coca-Cola to be involved with this, more power to you…
But, I’m sticking with my Pepsi!
Here is the link to the website, check it out yourself…
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