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Heritage Months

Black History Month

Remembrance of the history of the African diaspora celebrated in February in the United States and Canada. It began as Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson, a historian, in 1926. He desired a focus on African American cultural backgrounds, achievements, and educating the American people about the history.

Start planning early for Black History month programs, speakers, and events for the 2012 Black History Month Celebration. This is an Emory community-wide celebration and your participation is vital.

National Hispanic History Month

A recognition of the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States. Held from September 15 – October 15 it is also a celebration of the group’s heritage and culture, as well as, the extensive presence of Hispanic Americans in North America. It began as a week approved by President Lyndon Johnson and was extended to a month by Ronald Reagan in 1988.

The start date of September 15th was chosen because it is the Independence Day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Furthermore, Día de la Raza or Columbus Day falls on October 12th, which is within the 30 day period.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Celebrated in May, it was officially created in 1978 as Asian American Heritage Week. The date was chosen to commemorate two important dates: the first Japanese immigrants in America (May 7th, 1843) and the completion of the transcontinental railroad; which used many Chinese laborers (May 10th, 1869). It is a celebration of the contributions made by and achievements of Asian and Pacific Americans.