Fullerton and the California State Legislature recognized Arab American Heritage Month with proclamations at the April 2 Fullerton city council meeting. The proclamations were presented to Arab American Civic Council founder Rashad Al-Dabbagh by Mayor Silva, Councilmember Zahra, and representatives from Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva’s office.
This is the first time Fullerton has recognized Arab American Heritage month. The cities of Anaheim and Garden Grove (as well as the California Senate) have recognized the month for several years.
Mayor Silva commend Californians of Arab descent for their significant contributions to the success of our state, the strength of their communities, and the overall vitality of American society.
“I applaud the efforts of the many individuals and organizations who have worked tirelessly to promote opportunities for others to better understand, recognize, and appreciate the rich history and shared principles of Arab Americans,” Mayor Silva said.
Council Member Ahmad Zahra said, “As an Arab-American myself, I’m very proud of this moment, and I’m proud of our city for being such a wonderful, diverse place where everybody can celebrate who they are but work together for what is best for our community.”
“Arab-Amerians enrich our community by sharing their rich culture while embracing the American spirit of opportunity that makes our nation free and prosperous,” said Amy Ramos from Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva’s office.
Director Rashad Al-Dabbagh of the Arab American Civil Council called the proclamation “a historic moment because we also have an Arab-American on the council.”
Al-Dabbagh encouraged people to celebrate the month in different ways, such as reading a book about Arab-American history, and visiting Little Arabia in Anaheim to try some of the food.
“This community has been here for centuries. We’re part of the fabric of America,” Al-Dabbagh said.
On April 20th, there will be an Arab-American Heritage Gala at the Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove. For more information visit the web site of the Arab American Civic Council at www.aaciviccouncil.org.