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OCTOBER: Indigenous Peoples' Day celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. In 1977, the International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas, sponsored by the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, began to discuss replacing Columbus Day in the Americas with a celebration to be known as Indigenous Peoples' Day
FEBRUARY: Black History Month pays tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
MAY: The Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, and more join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.
MAY: Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. RHPL joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Libraries can help fight stigma, provide support options, and educate the public about mental illness.
MAY: The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who helped form the fabric of American history, culture, and society.
JUNE: Pride Month honors the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
JUNE: Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It is celebrated on June 19. Explore reads & resources with RHPL.
Columbia University: Why do we celebrate Juneteenth?