In 1926, Dr. Carter Woodson instituted a week-long celebration of African
American contributions to American history. Today, we celebrate the entire
month of February as Black History Month.
National Women’s History Month was established by presidential
proclamation to draw attention to and rectify the limited focus on women
in the study of U.S. history.
Earth Day - April 22
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
Established by congressional proclamation in 1979 as Asian Heritage Week,
President George Bush signed legislation into law in 1992 that made May
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness Month On June 4th, 2009, USDA Secretary Vilsack
signed a Departmental Regulation establishing a Special Emphasis Program
(SEP) for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees. Since
then, USDA has implemented the GLBT SEP by introducing and building the
program throughout all levels of the Department.
National Hispanic Heritage Month was started in 1968 as National
Hispanic Heritage Week and incorporated September 15 and 16, the
independence days for Central American nations and Mexico, respectively.
In 1988, it expanded to National Hispanic Heritage Month.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month In 1988, presidential proclamation designated October as National
Disability Employment Awareness Month in order to promote and encourage
the full integration of people with disabilities into the workforce.
Diversity Day 2012 -
To be dated
National Native American Heritage Month The term "Native American" incorporates hundreds of different tribes
and approximately 250 languages. Conceived in 1976 as Native American
Week, it became National Native American Heritage Month in 1990 by
presidential and congressional proclamation.