Diversity Heritage Months

St. Louis Paralegal Association
Diversity & Inclusion 2017 Heritage Months

MONTH

HERITAGE

Description of Heritage Month or Highlighted Observance Day

JANUARY

No Proclaimed Heritage Month.  See Highlighted Observance Day

Highlighted Observance Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Day: On the third Monday of January each year, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day. Dr. Martin Luther King Day is the only national holiday commemorating the actions of an African-American. Originally petitioned to honor King's dedication to trade unions, it would be established on November 2, 1983 by Ronald Reagan.

FEBRUARY

African American History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month: Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is celebrated each February in the United States. Because of the timing of the birthdays of two very important individuals in the fight to end slavery, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, Black History Week was originally slated for the second week in February in 1926. In 1976 it was expanded to encompass the entire month of February to recognize the significant achievements made by the African-American community in all aspects of American society.

MARCH

National Women’s History Month

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

National Multiple Sclerosis Education Month

Women's History Month: Annually celebrated in March, Women's History Month acknowledges the many contributions women have made in America's rich past. From its beginnings as International Women's Day on March 8, 1911, it has been expanded twice by the United States Congress first as a weeklong celebration in 1981 and to its current month-long celebration in 1987.  

Disabilities Awareness Month: Celebrated in March, we are provided with an opportunity to promote respect for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and increase awareness of the daily obstacles faced by these individuals and their families.

National Multiple Sclerosis Education Month: Launched in 2003, National MS Education and Awareness Month is observed in March of each year, nationwide effort by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and affiliated groups to raise the public's awareness of multiple sclerosis. The vital goals of this campaign are to promote an understanding of the scope of this disease, and to assist those with MS in making educated decisions about their healthcare.

APRIL

Celebrate Diversity Month

Autism Awareness Month

Scottish American Heritage Month

Celebrate Diversity Month: A great time to embrace the diversity around us in all its forms. Started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other.

Autism Awareness Month: Established to raise awareness about the developmental disorder that affects children’s normal development of social and communication skills.

Scottish American Heritage Month: Celebrated in April. National Tartan Day, held each year on April 6 in the United States, celebrates the historical links between Scotland and North America and the contributions Scottish Americans have made to US history and society. Frequently, Scottish culture is celebrated through festivals known as Highland games. Various events include Whisky tastings, eating Haggis, Caber toss, Hammer throws, and traditional Scottish dances.

MAY

Asian Pacific American Heritage

Older Americans Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

 Asian & Pacific Islander Month: In May, we recognize the contributions of those of Asian and Pacific Islander decent. Asian Pacific American Heritage month began in 1978 as Asian American Heritage Week celebrated the first week of every May, chosen because the first immigrants from Japan arrived on May 7, 1843. It has since been expanded to encompass the entire month of May.

Older Americans Month: Established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them as they enter their next stage of life.

Jewish American Heritage Month is celebrated in May. Seeking a place to practice their beliefs without fear of prosecution, Jewish settlers first came to America. We celebrate that trek and celebrate the faith and culture of the Jewish people. Through their faith and commitment, America has become a more soulful nation and it is with this in mind that we honor them.

JUNE

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on the world.  LGBT groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings.  The last Sunday in June is Gay Pride Day.

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month was proclaimed in June 2009 by President Barack Obama, who urged Americans to learn more about the history and Culture of the Caribbean Americans.  Through the commemoration of this month, we hope to ensure that America is reminded that its greatness lies in its diversity, with Caribbean immigrants from founding father Alexander Hamilton, to journalist Malcolm Gladwell, who have shaped the American dream.

JULY

No Proclaimed Heritage Month

Independence Day

Independence Day: On July 4, 1776 the United States of America declared its independence from Great Britain. It is an iconic day to Americans celebrating their freedom thanks to the ancestors who fought for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Through generations it has morphed from an anti-British-rule celebration to a celebration of what makes us the USA.

AUGUST

No Proclaimed Heritage Month

Women's Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is celebrated on August 26th and commemorates the August 26, 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution that gave women the right to vote.  Congresswoman Bella Abzug first introduced a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day in 1971.  Since that time, every president has published a proclamation recognizing August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

SEPTEMBER

National Hispanic – Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15)

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each September 15 - October 15 in the United States of America to recognize the contributions made by people of Hispanic descent and to celebrate Hispanic culture.  It is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended the Spanish Dictatorship.

OCTOBER

National Disability Employment Awareness Month; National Italian American Heritage Month; Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History month; German American Heritage MonthPolish American Heritage Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month:  The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.  Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month [NDEAM] is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. 

German American Heritage Month: Beginning on October 6, 1987 as German American Day, the culture and achievement of Americans of German descent is now celebrated during a month-long period between. Established in 1995, German American Heritage Month spans these dates so as to encompass festivals like Oktoberfest and Steuben parades.

Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender History Month is celebrated in October. The month of October was chosen because National Coming Out Day (October 11) was already established and a widely known event. LGBT History Month is intended to encourage honesty and openness about being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Italian Heritage Month is set in October to coincide with Columbus Day. Italian Heritage Month celebrates the many achievements and successes of not only Americans of Italian descent, but also Italians living in America. America was named after an Italian (Amerigo Vespucci). It is also important to note that language plays a very large part of this celebration as it is thought of as an intrinsic part of Italian culture.

Polish American Heritage Month is celebrated each year in October to commemorate the contributions to American society made by those of Polish descent.

NOVEMBER

National American Indian Heritage Month

Veteran’s Day

Native American Heritage Month was initially celebrated in 1916 by the state of New York. It was not until 1990 that then President George H.W. Bush established it as a month long festival. Not only does Native American Indian Heritage Month showcase the rich culture of the native people of this land, but also honors those American Indians that have suffered injustices. Therefore, we celebrate all Native Americans during the month of November.

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11th, which honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

DECEMBER

AIDS Awareness Month

AIDS Awareness Month: In December, we honor those who have become infected by the AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) virus by helping Americans become more aware of it. Caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), AIDS has killed more than 25 million people since 1981, not just in the United States, but all over the world.