Celebrating months of heritage
Heritage is an important aspect of many Americans’ lives. It’s what makes the US one of the most diverse countries in the world. Almost every month of the year has a heritage linked with it. Not many people know about their backgrounds and those who do, feel underappreciated due to the small amount of exposure the months celebrating their heritage get. Here is every month dedicated to a specific background or identity.
Black History Month (February)
Founded in 1970, Black History Month begins in February and celebrates the heritage of African Americans. Many icons who are celebrated are Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Frederick Douglass, the Black Panthers, etc. Many Americans celebrate Black History Month by commemorating their ancestors, celebrating civil rights leaders, and expressing themselves and their culture.
Women’s History Month (March)
Starting in 1987, Women’s History Month takes place during the month of March and pays homage to women. A large part of the month is dedicated to the many protests that fight for women’s rights. The glass ceiling, the right to choose, intersectional feminism and so many more topics are discussed. This will be the second year that the United States has celebrated Women’s History Month with a woman as vice-president.
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month began in 1990 and is observed in the month of May. This month celebrates the stories and lives of AAPI people living in the United States. The cultural aspect is celebrated and figures of prominence are mentioned during this time. This month calls for advocacy and education of those who are unaware of the struggles of the minority groups that fall under AAPI.
Pride Month (June)
Founded in the 1970s, Pride Month is celebrated in the month of June. Pride Month was originally started to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in the 1960s but has grown into something larger. Many people celebrate pride by going to parades and festivals while sharing their stories and advocating for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Hispanic Heritage Month (September)
Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated in September and founded in 1968, celebrates Hispanic Americans in the United States. While it doesn’t cover LatinX Americans, it does cover Mexican Americans and those from the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, etc. The month celebrates the achievements, as well as the hardships that those of Hispanic heritage face. Many beautiful murals and art is shared during this celebration due to the influence of Hispanic American Heritage in the United States.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October)
Though the month is not well known, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated in the month of October. Due to prominent discrimination in the 1900s, many differently-abled people were unable to get jobs. This month raises awareness towards the type of discrimination that this minority group faces.
National American Indian Heritage Month (November)
November celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month. Founded in 1990, this month commemorates Native Americans accomplishments and their heritage. Their rich culture creates roots in America and has built the United States that Americans know and love. This month has helped raise awareness and activism around the issues that surround the community. Some important issues that plague reservations are alcoholism, lack of resources, and improper education due to the lack of funding that the government gives to reservations. To learn more about Native Americans and how to help, visit http://www.nativepartnership.org.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December)
Though it is a day, it is still important. December 3rd celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day commemorates the history of differently-abled people in the U.S and how far they have come in the fight for their rights. The day promotes awareness, support, and education for and about people with disabilities. On this day, it is advised to become educated and advocate for those with disabilities because there is still a long way to go in the fight for equal rights.