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Our November multicultural calendar gives you the chance to engage in issues related to the LGBTQ+, international, religious, Native American and Black communities. With our November 2020 Diversity Calendar, you can be more aware and inclusive.
Native American Heritage Month
Our November diversity month theme is Native American Heritage Month. It was established in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, who approved a joint resolution designating the celebration. It’s the best time of the year to note the important contributions of Native Americans, and the unique challenges they’ve faced in the past and present.
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11/1: Birthday of Tim Cook
November diversity events include the birthday of Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. In 2014, Cook revealed in Bloomberg Businessweek that he identifies as gay. He wrote that – while he never denied his sexuality – he had never openly acknowledged it. Cook’s coming out made him the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ and others with our online diversity training.
10/31 – 11/2: Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)
Perhaps the most colorful of November multicultural holidays is Día de los Muertos. This Mexican holiday celebrates both life and death. It’s rooted in two traditions: the Christian observance of All Saints and All Souls Day, as well as two Aztec festivals of souls of the dead. It includes vibrant costumes and tasty dishes.
Diwali is a Hindu holiday celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains worldwide. It’s a five-day festival of lights that may coincide with harvest and new year celebrations. Diwali celebrates different gods and goddesses, highlighting the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.
11/16: Dutch American Heritage Day
November diversity celebrations include a celebration of Dutch American heritage. The United States and the Netherlands have a longstanding friendship, commemorated on November 16th each year. This holiday dates back to November 16, 1776, when the Netherlands was one of the first countries to recognize the United States as a sovereign nation. As a result, Congress declared a national holiday!
11/20: Transgender Day of Remembrance
November diversity topics feature this commemoration. Established in 1999 , it honors all transgender people who have lost their lives in anti-transgender violence. The day is a vigil to honor the memory of transgender woman Rita Hester. You can participate by attending and/or organizing a vigil on November 20 to honor those lost to transgender violence.
11/30: Birthday of Shirley Chisholm
Our November diversity days conclude with a Happy Birthday to Shirley Chisholm! In 1968, she became the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress. She represented New York’s 12th congressional district. In 1972, she was the first Black candidate for a majority party’s nomination for the president of the United States, as well as the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.
That concludes our November 2020 Diversity Calendar. How will you confront racial prejudices or cultural misunderstandings this month? Now is the best time to be more aware and inclusive, and advocate for equality and justice for all. Or check out the entire year, with our 2020 Diversity Calendar.