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February 2018 Diversity Calendar

Opportunities for Awareness and Inclusion, Respectful Scheduling

Our diversity calendar for February 2018 includes many events that require respectful scheduling. The month also offers a colorful array of opportunities to demonstrate awareness and practice inclusion.

Below are 7 key events for February, 2018. Please see our Online Diversity Calendar, to access all 100+ February events, moveable dates, and inclusion tips.

February Theme: Black History Month

Created in 1926, it was originally a week-long celebration of the contributions of African Americans to history. It was honored during the week of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. In recent years, the observance expanded, and the entire month of February is celebrated as African American History Month. The theme is also known as Black History, Black Experience, and Afro-American History Month. Every year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History sets a theme for the month.

 

Feb. 3- LGBT: Gertrude Stein

February 2018 LGBT Events

A ground-breaking American writer, Stein was the most celebrated lesbian author of the early 20th century. Her Paris home became a salon for the leading artists and writers of the period between World Wars I and II. She lived with her lifelong companion, Alice B. Toklas. Stein named her most famous work, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, after her partner.

 

Date Varies* – Christian: Ash Wednesday

Christian Events Feb 2018

This marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of prayer and fasting preceding Easter Sunday. It’s observed in memory of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert. Many Roman Catholics and Protestants choose to give up a favorite food or activity during Lent. The placing of ashes on the forehead, in the shape of a cross, is part of the preparation for fasting and resistance to temptation.

*for the 2018 date of this and other moveable holidays, see our Online Diversity Calendar

Date Varies – Hindu: Parinirvana or Nirvana Day

Hindu Events Feb 2018

In the Mahãyãna Buddhist tradition, this day marks the death of Buddha in 483 B.C.E. and commemorates his attainment of final Nirvana. The date is based on the Japanese Buddhist calendar.

 

Feb. 15 – Women: Susan B Anthony

Women's Diversity Events FebruaryA leading women’s rights activist, Anthony was a leader of the movement to gain women the right to vote. As co- leader of the Women’s Temperance Movement, she secured the first laws in New York State giving women control over their children, property, and wages.

 

Date Varies – Chinese New Year

Feb 2018 Intercultural CalendarAlso called Spring Festival, this is the beginning of a three-day celebration of the Chinese New Year. The festivities mark the beginning of year 4716 (The Year of the Dog) since the mythical founding of the Chinese people. Celebrations include fireworks, a dragon dance and the beating of drums and cymbals, visits to temples, and prayers for blessings in the new year.

 

Feb. 21 – Black: Barbara Jordan

Feb 2018 Black Diversity EventsIn 1966, Jordan was the first Black woman elected to the Texas State Senate. She later became the first woman and first African American elected to Congress from Texas. Jordan graduated magna cum laude from Texas Southern University and Boston University Law School.

Those are 7 events from our February 2018 Diversity Calendar. To view all 100+ events, moveable dates, and inclusion tips, please see our Online Diversity Calendar.

September 2017 Diversity Calendar

by Logan Arlen

Our September 2017 diversity calendar features a colorful array of must-know diversity events, starting with Hispanic Heritage Month. The month also features two of the most important dates on the Jewish calendar, and key celebrations in Eastern Asian religions. Finally, we celebrate the birthdays of multicultural notables – such as Jesse Owens – who overcame the odds to inspire change.

Check out the full September diversity calendar here


September African American Black History Events

Black American: Jesse Owens, Sept. 12
In a time when the world needed a symbol of hope to combat Hitler’s aryan supremacy ideology, Owens answered the call. A year before the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Owens achieved a feat that has been called “the greatest 45 minutes ever in sports.” He set three world records and tied another at the 1935 Big Ten track meet.

During the Berlin Olympics, Owens won global admiration with four gold medals: 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and 4 x 10 meter relay. His triumph as a black man and the most-decorated athlete at the games was seen as “single-handedly crushing Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy”.

Women/LGBT: Jane Addams, Sept. 6
Addam’s profound impact and creation of the social worker occupation led to her being the first woman awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, and first lesbian. Known as the “Mother of Social Work,” Addams was one of the most prominent reformist of the Progressive Era, a period of widespread social activism and political reform across the US. Addams’ publicized and focused on issues such as public health and the needs of children, issues that were mainly of mothers’ concern.

In her famed essay “Utilization of Women in City Government,” Addams noted connections between the household and government workings. She believed that many departments of government can be traced to traditional women’s roles, thus women would be more knowledgeable on the topic.

Hispanic Heritage Month
From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the United States celebrates the heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans. Originally established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, and only week long it was changed by Ronald Reagan in 1988.

Latino and Hispanic are broad terms that can refer to Central or South American, Puerto Rican, or other Spanish cultures and origins. About 17% of the United States is Hispanic, so it bodes well to celebrate this multicultural group, especially as its size and influence grows


Continue to part 2 to find out what the major religious and the diversity events this month you could be missing out on.

August 2017 Diversity Calendar


by Logan Arlen

August is packed with a multitude of events ranging from musical legends Louis Armstrong and Michael Jackson to pillars of Islam. Our 2017 diversity calendar will show you why August is celebrated worldwide as a such a holy month.

Check out the full diversity calendar here

To see what events you missed last month look at the July 2017 blog post

 

August 2017 Diversity Calendar

Islam : The Hajj

An annual pilgrimage to the most holy city of Islam, Mecca, Saudi Arabia. All Muslims have a religious obligation to make the pilgrimage at least once if they are able. The Hajj is both a time for celebration and reflection on the past year. The height of the holiday comes during the most important feast of the Muslim calendar, a three day long festival called The Feast of Sacrifice. Pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the Five Pillars of Islam along with faith, prayer, charity and fasting.

 

August 2017 Diversity Calendar

United States : Women’s Equality Day

As of 1971, Congress has designated August 26th the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote without needing to submit to possible conscription. This date has been certified into law as Women’s Equality Day. Each year, the President of the United States proclaims it Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the anniversary. It is important to reflect on how far women have come in America, but there is always more we can do.

 

August 2017 Diversity Calendar

Hindu : Raksha Bandhan

Otherwise known as Rakhi, this Hindu celebration is mainly observed in India and Nepal. Raksha means “bond of protection” which celebrates the love and duty between brother and sister relationships. During the holiday the brother promises to protect the sister, while giving her a token gift. The sister, to symbolize her love, says a prayer for the brother’s happiness and prosperity while tying a sacred thread (rakhi) onto his wrist.

 

August 2017 Diversity Calendar

LGBT/Black American: James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Another significant black figure for the month of August is James Baldwin. He was an active participant in the civil rights movement, despite being eschewed by many participants for being gay. Baldwin used his trade as a writer to make racial inequity known. Baldwin used his writing to explore issues of self identity, often delving into issues beyond race such as sexuality. His work has also led to him being an inspirational figure in the the gay rights movement.

 

August 2017 Diversity Calendar

Jewish American : Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Bernstein gained his fame as a legendary music director for the New York Philharmonic. During his tenure, he created music for some of the most famous plays and musicals ever, including Peter Pan and West Side Story. Music critic Donal Henaha once said he was “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.” Bernstein was one of the first American-born conductors to receive critical acclaim across the globe.

 

August 2017 Diversity Calendar

Black American: Louis Armstrong and  Michael Jackson

Both Louis Armstrong “The King of Jazz Trumpet” and the Michael Jackson the “King of Pop” were born during August, on the 4th and 29th respectively. Both of these men left a massive impact on music both artistically and culturally. Michael Jackson has the third most sold albums of all times behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.  

 

August 2017 Diversity Calendar

Mexican : Emiliano Zapata (1877-1919)

An essential leader in the Mexican Revolution as the main leader of the peasants against the small landowning class. In the midst of the conflict, Zapata and other peasant leaders formed the Liberation Army of the South of which he became the leader. When revolutionary leader Madero became president he renounced all ties with the Zapatistas. Zapata promulgated the Plan of Ayala, a framework for land reform to the peasants and Indians. Eventually, his conflict with the new government led to his murder in an ambush on this date in 1919.

 

August 2017 Diversity Calendar

Worldwide Independence Days

There are over 25  different Independence Days celebrated in the month of August the foremost independence days this month include:

• Pakistan gained independence in 1947 the day before the partition of India was to take effect. 

• India commemorates their freedom from British rule with the partition of India, when the British Indian Empire was split among religious lines into Pakistan and India.

• South Korea celebrates The National Liberation Day of Korea alongside North Korea. This day honors Victory over Japan Day (V-J) in which the Korean Peninsula was freed from Japanese rule.

• Indonesia marks their independence when The Proclamation of Indonesian Independence was read, declaring the start of the Indonesian National Revolution.


Be sure to check out next month’s diversity calendar for a preview of September’s events. For a complete list of 2017 events, see our online diversity calendar.

 

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