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City of Rochester Recognizes April as National Arab American Heritage Month

Post Date:04/18/2019 10:11 AM

During the Rochester City Council meeting on April 15, 2019, Mayor Kim Norton delivered a proclamation announcing April 2019 as National Arab American Heritage month.  The designation celebrates the contributions of Arab Americans have made to society and encouraging the Rochester community to join in this special observance.     

During the month of April, achievements of Arab Americans are celebrated through National Arab American Heritage Month.  Across the country, cultural institutions, schools districts, municipalities, state legislatures, public servants, and Arab Americans will engage in special events that celebrate the numerous contributions of Arab Americans.  Arabic is the fourth most spoken language in Rochester according to the Rochester Public School District.

“As Mayor, I have the distinct honor of being able to present proclamations for important moments, milestones, and causes in the Rochester community.  National Arab American Heritage Month is one of those.  As a community, we are fortunate to be on the receiving end of the valuable contributions to virtually every aspect of American society: in medicine, law, business, education, technology, government, military service, and culture.  I thank all of our Arab American community members for enriching this city every single day.”

Samira Jubran, a community member, certified Arabic Interpreter at Mayo Clinic, and Arab American shares, “I am proud to be a part of the City of Rochester.  Locally, we have had and have numerous Arab Americans who are making a difference and having an impact in our community on a daily basis.  Many know of the contributions of Fouad Mansour, who provided countless hours of volunteer time and leadership to the youth soccer program.  In addition, we have individuals like Dr. Elhassan, who is known for his many accomplishments on shoulder surgeries.  He was named the 2015 dancing for the Arts champion in 2015.  Finally, Rundah Arafat is an English language teacher at Mayo High School, who has been recognized by the Rochester Public School District multiple times.

According to Jubran, 65% of the international population who comes to Mayo Clinic from Arabic countries.  To learn more about National Arab American Heritage month, visit the Arab American webpage.