It all started in 2002, when staff from ACCESS in Dearborn, MI began traveling the country to meet with leaders of Arab American community-based organizations to discuss creating a strategic partnership that would strengthen the ability of the Arab American community to work in a collaborative effort. This initiative grew out of a need seen in the post 9/11 backlash faced by the Arab American community, including Arab immigrants and the organizations that serve them. With a three-year grant, ACCESS was able to launch a national AmeriCorps program, the first of its kind to support Arab American community-based organizations.
It was in November 2004 when the 11 participating organizations in the ARC program, along with the Arab American Institute (AAI) as a partner organization, that the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) was officially formed.
Now, NNAAC has grown to include 27 members in 11 different states.
NNAAC’s most recent milestone was the launch of its Campaign to TAKE ON HATE in 2014. This multi-year, grassroots campaign strives to address issues of bias and discrimination, particularly toward Arab and Muslim Americans, and stands against bigotry towards all people.