Berber American

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Berber American
Total population
1,327 (2000 census)[1]
American English · Berber · Maghrebi Arabic
Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
North Africans in the United States

Berber Americans, American Berbers or Amazigh Americans, are Americans of Berber (or Amazigh) descent. According the 2000 US Census, only 1,327 people hailed be of Berber origin. People of Berber origin in United States created several associations with goal of maintain and strengthen their language and culture. An important Berber American organization is The Amazigh Cultural Association in America (ACAA), a non-profit organization established in the New Jersey state. This organization's goal is to promote the Amazigh language and culture in the United States and worldwide.[2] The United Amazigh Algerian (UAAA), a nonreligious association based in the San Francisco bay area, also have like goal boost the Berber culture in North America and beyond.[3] Other Amazigh organizations are the Amazigh American Association of Washington, DC. and the Boston Amazigh Community.

Notable Berber-Americans[edit]

  • Elias Zerhouni, an Algerian-born radiologist and medical researcher
  • Helene Hagan, an American anthropologist and Amazigh activist.
  • Mohamed Mrabet, a Moroccan-born author artist and storyteller of the Ait Ouriaghel tribe in the Rif region.
  • Zaida Ben-Yusuf, an English-born Algerian-American portrait photographer.
  • Malika Zarra, a Moroccan-born, American/Moroccan singer, composer, and music producer now based in New York City

See also[edit]


  1. ^ US Census Bureau. "The Arab Population: 2000" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  2. ^ Olivia Miller (November 26, 2008). "A Countries and Their Cultures: Algerian Americans". Countries and their cultures. Retrieved May 22–26, 2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ United Amazigh Algerian