Culture & History Celebrations
“Maintaining one’s culture, values and traditions is beyond price.”
– Getano Lui
Celebrated Feb. 1– Feb. 28
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Celebrated May 1–31
Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia and Polynesia. The month of May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. May was chosen intentionally to commemorate two specific events in AAPI history: the immigration of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States in May of 1843, and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in May of 1868.
Celebrated March 13–April 14
National Deaf History Month, March 13 to April 15, celebrates deaf history and promotes awareness of American deaf culture, as well as the contributions of individual deaf Americans to U.S. society. On April 15, 1817, The American School for the Deaf (ASD) became the first permanent school for the deaf in the United States.
Celebrated Sep. 15– Oct. 15
During the months of September 15 – October 15, The University of Alabama celebrates Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, recognizing the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group’s heritage and culture.
Celebrated Oct. 1– Oct. 31
Nationwide, October is recognized and celebrated as LGBTQ+ History Month. This month-long series of events is an opportunity to discuss and to learn about the many contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified individuals, as well as about this facet of our country’s ongoing civil rights movement.
Celebrated Nov. 1–Nov. 30
This month recognizes hundreds of different tribes and approximately 250 languages, and celebrates the history, tradition, and values of Native Americans. National Native American Heritage Month serves as a reminder of the positive effect indigenous peoples have had on the cultural development and growth of the U.S., as well as the struggles and challenges they have and continue to face.