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Dearborn Arab American National Museum to host a storytime to commemorate #MarchOnWashington

Mike Kazsyck

DETROIT, MI - One of the founding members of the Detroit-area arts collective CultureSource, the Arab American National Museum, is continuing to host online storytime events. This time, the event will feature "We March" by Shane W. Evans on August 30, starting at 1 p.m.

Dedicated to children ages 2-6 and their families, the picture book will be read in both English and Arabic, incorporating the lessons on a few Arabic words and phrases between the reading. Children will also get to join some free play, crafts, or games.

We March itself tells the story of the March on Washington from the perspective of a participating family with two children. The story started with the family rising up in the morning and meeting their community in the church before joining thousands of other marchers on the street.

The story implies its focus on Dr. King, without naming the respectable activist. It mainly highlights the role of ordinary people in social movements.

The online storytime will be hosted by resident storyteller Sari Mira from the Russell J. Ebeid Library & Resource Center. This is a free event, but reservation is required.

Aiming to document, preserve and present the history, culture, and contributions of Arab Americans, the museum has also hosted several other storytime events that are accessible online to entertain your children. You can access the published recordings here.

Opened in 2005, the museum is one of just four Michigan-based Affiliates of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., owning one of the most extensive archives of Arab American historical documents and artifacts. However, due to the pandemic, the museum and its library have closed their doors to the public since March 13.

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