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Heritage Celebrations

National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month: Celebrated in September

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories and cultures of their ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30 day period. This time period is important, because many Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence during these weeks. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza falls within this 30 day period. As part of the linguistic revolution, the usage of the “x” in Latinx recognizes all the intersectional identities of the many voices within the Latin community who are bonded by the love of the cultural heritage. For more information, visit the Library of Congress.

LGBTQIQA History Month: Celebrated in October

In 1994, Mr. Rodney Wilson, a high school teacher, thought a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history. He gathered teachers and leaders around the community. October was selected as the month due to previous traditions of Coming Out Day on October 11 and public schools being in session. This month provides the LGBT community an opportunity to educate others in the community while providing role models and making civil right statements. Many national organizations such as GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Education Association have come together to support members of their community while raising awareness and educating other Americans. For more information, visit Equality Forum. See also The Institute for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

American Indian Heritage Month: Celebrated in November

The month of November is dedicated to celebrating the contributions, sacrifices and achievements of the original inhabitants of the United States, the American Indian and Alaska Native people. For almost 100 years, Americans both Indian and non-Indian have desired that there be a place on the calendar to honor their culture and heritage. The celebration originally began in New York State in 1916 as American Indian Day and was later expanded into American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month in 1990. For more information, visit the Library of Congress.

African American History Month: Celebrated in February

Black History Month was first initiated by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the son of former slaves, who received a Ph.D. from Harvard University and is considered a pioneer in the study of African American History. He believed that truth could not be denied and reason would prevail over prejudice. Thus, he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) and Negro History Week in 1925. In 1976, this week expanded into Black History Month, also known as African American Heritage Month. It is now a federally recognized celebration providing Americans nationwide the opportunity to reflect on the significant roles African Americans have played in shaping the United States. Woodson chose February as the month due to the birthdays of two influential men: Fredrick Douglass, an escaped slave who became one of the notable black abolitionists and civil rights leaders in the nation, and President Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, abolishing slavery in America. For more information, visit the Library of Congress. See also African American Studies as an additional resource.

Black History Heritage Month Celebration
Thursday, January 31, 2019
12 – 1 p.m.
Building AA, Room 1530
Alpharetta Campus
Description:This event will celebrate Black History Heritage Month. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Tonya Cook, program specialist

Community Hours: African American Community and Colorism
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
12 – 1 p.m.
Building CN, Room 2220
Clarkston Campus
Description: Students are invited to engage in a facilitated discussion about how our multiple identities shape who we are and impact how we interact with others in different contexts. Each facilitation focuses on a different population; however, all students are encouraged to participate in every discussion.
Contact: Tonya Cook, program specialist

Pop Talks: Embracing Blackness
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
12:15 – 2 p.m.
Multicultural Center, Student Center East, Suite 206
Atlanta Campus
Description: Pop in for Pop Tarts as we discuss embracing cultural identity within the African Diaspora!
Contact: William Britto, student affairs advisor II, education, gender & sexuality

Black Hair
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
12 – 1 p.m.
Building SF, Room 2045
Decatur Campus
Description: Come and check out the documentary on braids and appropriation in America. Everyone is welcome.
Facilitator: Sabrina Freeney, assistant professor of communication, department of english, communication and fine arts
Contact: Tonya Cook, program specialist

Black History Heritage Month Celebration
Thursday, February 14, 2019
12 – 1 p.m.
Student Center, Rooms 2100 & 2101
Dunwoody Campus
Description: This event will celebrate Black History Heritage Month. Refreshments provided. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Tonya Cook, program specialist

Misrepresentation of Me: The African Diaspora
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Multicultural Center, Student Center East, Suite 206
Atlanta Campus
Description: Have you ever felt that your identity has been attacked or misunderstood? Join the Multicultural Center as we discuss the misconceptions and misrepresentations of the African Diaspora and how those misrepresentations effect this community.
Contact: William Britto, student affairs advisor II, education, gender & sexuality

Trivia Night!
Thursday, February 21, 2019
4 – 6pm
Student Center East, Court Salon
Atlanta Campus
Description: Join the Multicultural Center to celebrate Black History Month as the center hosts trivia night to see who knows the most black history facts. Students are asked to come in teams of 3-5 members ready to answer questions, enjoy refreshments and learn interesting facts about Black History.
Contact: LaToya Harden, student affairs advisor II, community building & student achievement

Community Connections: Black, African and African-American Identities
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
1 – 2pm
Multicultural Center, Suite 206, Student Center East
Atlanta Campus
Description: Students will be able to openly discuss Black, African and African- American identities on campus including their challenges, advantages and culture.
Facilitator: Terrance Harper, postdoctoral fellow, counseling services
Contact: LaToya Harden, student affairs advisor II, community building & student achievement

Pop Talks: What’s Next for the African Diaspora?
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
12 – 1 p.m.
Student Learning Center, 2N, Room 2260
Newton Campus
Description: Pop in for Pop Tarts as we discuss what’s next for people of the African Diaspora communities.

Pop Talks: What’s Next for the African Diaspora?
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
12:15 – 2 p.m.
Multicultural Center, Suite 206, Student Center East
Atlanta Campus
Description: Pop in for Pop Tarts as we discuss what’s next for people of the African Diaspora communities.
Contact: William Britto, student affairs advisor II, education, gender & sexuality

Black History Heritage Month Celebration
Thursday, February 28, 2019
12 – 1 p.m.
Building CN, Room 1000
Clarkston Campus
Description: This event will celebrate Black History Heritage Month. Refreshments provided. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Tonya Cook, program specialist

National Women’s History Month: Celebrated in March

Like other heritage months, Women’s History Month was first nationally recognized in 1982 as Women’s History Week. In 1987, after the Women’s History Project petitioned, the week was expanded into a month used to recognize the shared past from a different perspective. It represents the excelling nature of women from where they started to where they have come today, recognizing and honoring their accomplishments. Women’s lives now inspire other women to achieve their full potential while encouraging men to respect the diversity of their experience and achievements. For more information, visit the Library of Congress. See also The Institute for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies as an additional resource.

Asian-Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month: Celebrated in April

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and is a time to celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander history and culture. Due to the fact that our academic year concludes in April, we celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in April. In 1977, New York and California state representatives introduced a bill that eventually led to the first 10 days of May to be known as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. Twelve years later, under President George H. W. Bush, the week-long celebration was extended into a month-long celebration. The month of May was chosen for two main reasons, the first being to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States in 1843. May was also chosen to honor Chinese immigrants as they were the majority of workers who laid the tracks for the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States. For more information, visit the Library of Congress. See also Asian Studies Center as an additional resource.