Our June 2020 Diversity Calendar is here, to help you celebrate a wide variety of diversity events and topics as they occur. As a summer month, June isn’t packed full of holidays. So be sure to enjoy our June multicultural calendar to keep you on track.
LGBTQ+ Pride Month
Break out your rainbows! It’s time for everyone to join together for the top June diversity celebration. The sixth month was selected as LGBTQ+ Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, a series of spontaneous and violent demonstrations by the gay community in Manhattan in June, 1969. Regardless of how you identify, join in solidarity and support for the rights of this community. Love is love. And remember June is an ideal time for LBGT sensitivity training.
Caribbean American Heritage Month
Caribbean American Heritage Month was named a June diversity observance by presidential proclamation in 2006. It aims to promote the rich culture and heritage of the Caribbean American people. Their contribution to the United States is sometimes overlooked. Now is the time to learn about how Caribbean people helped shaped our country.
6/7: Trinity Sunday
June diversity days include Trinity Sunday, a Christian holy day celebrating the Holy Trinity. This day always occurs on the first Sunday after Pentecost. Christians celebrate this feast to affirm the three members of the holy trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. For more religious observances, see our 2020 Interfaith Calendar.
6/14: Puerto Rican Day Parade
June multicultural holidays include the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. It celebrates the 3.2 million people living in Puerto Rico or of Puerto Rican heritage. Although it’s cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19, it’s still great time to shout out online and honor Puerto Rican culture.
June diversity topics include Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Juneteenth Independence Day. The holiday commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. It more broadly represents the emancipation of African Americans throughout the former Confederates States of America. Soul food is commonly served on this day — fried chicken, barbecue, greens, black-eyed peas, watermelon, and red soda water.
6/19: Feast of the Sacred Heart
June diversity events include the Feast of the Sacred Heart. It’s considered a solemnity, or one of the most important feasts.The Feast of the Sacred Heart is a devotion to the love of God, and marks the spirituality of St. Bernard of Clairvaux in the 12th century. Always 19 days after Pentecost, the date ranges between May 29 and July 2.
6/20: Summer Solstice and Litha
Our June multicultural calendar includes the summer solstice. Known as midsummer or Litha by the Wicca community, it happens when the Earth’s poles have their maximum tilt towards the Sun. Occurring twice a year, the summer solstice is the longest day and shortest night in the Northern Hemisphere. Make the longest day of the year count in the way most festive for you.
Summer of Inclusion
There you have it! Enjoy our June 2020 Diversity Calendar to keep you informed on all of June’s diversity celebration and multicultural holidays. Get a head start on the rest of the year, with our 2020 Diversity Calendar.