Diversity Events

January
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday/Holiday Observance
Honors the birthday of the civil rights leader; activities are usually associated with promotion of equal opportunity. (National Holiday is January 15; usually celebrated on Monday closest to the 15th)
A Day On! Not a Day Off! Celebrate! Rejoice! Act! 1999
Celebrate! Rejoice! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off! 2000
Remember! Rejoice! Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off! 2001
Remember! Celebrate! Act! 2002
Remember! Celebrate! Act! 2003

February
Black History Month Observance
Nationally observed to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas; activities highlight contributions by Black scientists, inventors, writers, artists, etc.
Black History Month Celebration 2005
Black History Month Celebration 2004
Black History Month Celebration 2003: The Souls of Black Folk
Black History Month Celebration 2002
Keeping it Together--Family, Church, Politics, Culture. Black History Month 2001.
African American Heritage Month 2000, Heritage and Horizons: The African American Legacy and the Challenges of the 21st Century.
The Legacy of African-American Leadership for the Present and the Future

March
Women's History Month Observance
Expanded from the March 8 International Women's Day, observances highlight the interconnection of women to each other, the historical contributions of women, and recognition of women workers; activities usually focus on current issues facing women, especially as they relate to the workplace.
Women Putting Our Stamp on America
Celebrating an Extraordinary Century for Women (Women's History Month 2000)
Celebrating Women of Courage and Vision - Women's History Month 2001
Women Sustaining the American Spirit - Women's History Month 2002
Women Pioneering the Future - Women's History Month 2003
Women Inspiring Hope & Possibility - Women's History Month 2004

May
Asian Pacific American Month Observance
Nationally observed to recognize the contributions made to America by people of Asian/Pacific heritage, May was designed to acknowledge the first Japanese immigrants to the United States who arrived May 7, 1843; activities usually promote greater awareness of the richly diverse cultures (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, etc.) of Asian/Pacific Americans.
ORNL Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2003
ORNL Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2002
ORNL Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2001
ORNL Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2000
1999 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

September/October
Hispanic Heritage Month Observance
Nationally observed to coincide with the September dates when six Latinl American countries (Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua) received their independence from Spain; activities usually acknowledge the contributions, heritage, and cultures of the various Hispanic peoples in the United States.
Profiles of Five Contemporary Hispanics
1999 Hispanic Heritage Celebration at ORNL
Hispanic Heritage Celebration at ORNL, 2000
Hispanic Heritage Celebration 2001-Paving the Way for Future Generations
Hispanic Heritage Celebration 2002

October
National Disabilities Awareness Month Observance
Nationally observed to stress the abilities of qualified people with disabilities and to promote their employment; activities usually center around job fairs and increasing awareness of the barriers to employment encountered by people with disabilities.
1999 Disability Awareness
Disability Awareness 2000
Disability Awareness 2001
Disability Awareness 2002

November
Veteran's Day
November 11, 1918 was called Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I. In 1919 it was declared a day of mourning for the soldiers killed in the war. In 1954, its name was changed to Veterans Day to honor soldiers killed in all wars. Now November 11 is set aside as a day for national recognition of the contribution of our military veterans.
Honoring All Who Served, Veterans Day 2002 at ORNL Veterans Day 2001 at ORNL
Veterans Day 2000 at ORNL
Veterans Day 1999
1997 Salute to Veterans

November
Native American Month
Recognizes the contributions of Native Americans; activities generally highlight the culture (music, dance, crafts, etc.) of local or area tribes.
Native American Heritage Month Celebration 2001
Native American Heritage Month Celebration 2000
The 1999 Native American Month Celebration has been planned for November 12 at the Museum of Science and Energy. Activities will begin at 5:00. The program will begin at 7:00.

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