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Heritage Months

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Throughout the year, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity celebrates national heritage months with the release of a heritage guide and Spotlights focusing on diverse employees at Johns Hopkins Medicine and in the greater Johns Hopkins community.

Heritage Months to Celebrate

  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

  • National Native American Heritage Month, also referred to as National American Indian Heritage Month, began as Native American Awareness Week, authorized by Congress in 1976 after six decades of efforts to achieve official federal recognition of the contributions of Native Americans.

  • National Black History Month was first observed in 1926, when Carter G. Woodson proposed celebrating what he called Negro History Week to recognize the tremendous contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history.

  • National Women’s History Month was first observed as National Women’s Day on Feb. 28, 1909. Later, in 1987, Congress designated March as Women’s History Month to recognize all American women and the role they play in our nation’s life.

  • National Asian and Pacific Islander Month began as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week, first observed under President Jimmy Carter in 1979 and later expanded to cover the whole month of May by President George Bush in 1990.

  • Pride Month began as a commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots, when members of the LGBTQ+ community took a stance against discrimination and violence toward the community. In 1999, President Bill Clinton issued a proclamation in which Gay Pride Day was expanded to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.

  • Since 1968, Americans all over the nation have observed National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the vast histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

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