Celebrate social justice work and diversity: add these days to your family calendar

Below is a list of holidays and observances that are meant to honor the work of civil rights activists, celebrate major civil rights achievements, celebrate diversity, and/or bring awareness to social justice issues. Adding them to your family calendar, learning together what their significance is, and finding creative ways to honor the days is a great way to regularly engage together in social justice issues.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day – January 11th

Korean American Day – January 13th

Martin Luther King Jr Day – 3rd Monday of January

Black History Month – February

National North American Inclusion Month – February

African Heritage and Health Week – February 1st-7th

National Freedom Day – February 1st – honors the day that Abraham Lincoln signed a resolution for the United States Constitution’s 13th amendment in order to abolish slavery.

Rosa Parks Day – February 4th in California (December 1st in Ohio)

International Week of Black Women in the Arts – February 7th-15th

Susan B Anthony Day – February 15th

Learning Disabilities Week – February 16-19, 2017

Daisy Gatson Bates Day – 3rd Monday of February

Jewish Book Week – February 25-March 5, 2017

National Women’s History Month – March

Universal Human Beings Week – March 1-7

World Orphan Week – March 4-11, 2017

National Multiple Personalities Day – March 5th

International Women’s Day – March 8th

National Words Matter Week – March 5-11, 2017

No More Week – March 7-13, 2017

Universal Women’s Week – March 8-14, 2017

National Shoe the world day – March 15th

World Down Syndrome Day – March 21st

Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination – March 21-27, 2017

World Bipolar Day – March 30th

César Chávez Day – March 31st

Sexual Assault Awareness Month- April

SAAM Day of Action – First tuesday of April

National Equal Pay Day – April 4th, 2017

American Indian Awareness week – April 10-14, 2017

National Day of Silence – April 21st, 2017

National Barrier Awareness Day – May 7th

Harvey Milk Day – May 22nd

Juneteenth – June 19th – to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas

Women’s Equality Day – August 26 – celebrates the adoption of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote

Emancipation Day – September 22 – celebrates the abolishment of slavery

Native Americans’ Day – September 22 (or celebrated on 2nd Monday of October in some states)

Indigenous Peoples Day – 2nd Monday of October

Day of Mourning – 4th Thursday of November – “day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience” (UAINE).

Native American Heritage Day – 4th Friday of November

**********NOTE: This post is in progress. This was a bigger project than expected. Come back soon, I am continually updating it************


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