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Gov. Rick Snyder visits the LCC library to see ‘Patriots & Peacemakers’ exhibit

Gov. Rick Snyder visits the LCC library to see ‘Patriots & Peacemakers’ exhibit

By Idman Gabayre
Staff Writer

The Arab-American national museum hosted an open reception for its “Patriots & Peacemakers” exhibit at LCC on Wednesday, April 26.

This event featured guest speaker Gov. Rick Snyder, along with state representatives and several members of the Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs (CMEAA).

Organizers, along with several LCC students and faculty, participated in a conversation with the governor prior to the reception.

Manal Saab, chair of the CMEAA, said the purpose of the “Patriots & Peacemakers” exhibit is to shed light on the integral contributions of Arab-Americans to the U.S.

The “Patriots & Peacemakers” exhibit was displayed on the second floor of the LCC Library in the TLC Building through Tuesday, May 9.

The walking museum showcased true stories of Arab-Americans who served in various divisions of the U.S. Army. It also highlighted diversity within the Arab-Americans.

The exhibit demonstrated the diversity in gender, religion and backgrounds within the Arab-Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Diplomatic Service and the Peace Corp.

As the reception came to an end, students offered input on the event.

“I think that this is a wonderful way to introduce the younger generations to this idea that seems to be unheard of,” LCC student Maha Gabayre, said. “I personally enjoyed the exhibit and the idea behind the exhibit.”

Other students said they wished they had more time to speak with the Governor during his visit.

“I feel like there were a lot of empty holes and unanswered questions,” student Manani Luvnpeace said. “I hope that those issues and questions are later addressed.”

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