Multicultural Events and Activities
September: Hispanic Heritage
Since 1968, under the President Lyndon Johnson, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
October: LGBT History Month
In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as “Coming Out Day” (Oct. 11), occur that month.
November: Native American Heritage Month
Celebrated each November, Native American Heritage Month is an effort to gain recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S.
January: Martin Luther King Day
Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is best known for his campaigns to end racial segregation and for improving racial equality in the United States.
February: Black History Month
What started as a weekly recognition in 1925, African American History Month is now a monthlong recognition raising awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization.
March: Irish-American Heritage Month
Irish-American Heritage Month is a special proclamation issued yearly by the U.S. President or Congress to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants living in the United States.
March: Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 and pays tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.
April: Asian and Pacific Islander Month
The United States celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month each May. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).