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Observances

 

The Navy conducts activities in observance of ten specified diversity-related groups, events or individuals. Observances and related resources are listed below. DOD themes are promulgated by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI).

  

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

(3rd Monday in January)

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. It is also a day of intercultural cooperation, to commemorate the timeless values he taught us, such as courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility, and service. It is held the third Monday of January, shortly after his birthday, 15 Jan.

DEOMI Martin Luther King, Jr. Posters

DEOMI Martin Luther King, Jr. Presentations

DEOMI January Facts of the Day

Additional resources:

Library of Congress Section

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute 

  

Past NAVADMIN:

Black History Month

(February)

The observation of "Negro History Week" began in 1926, an initiative led by historian Carter G. Woodson, to recognize the contributions of African Americans to our country and to foster a better understanding of the African American experience. He chose the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln, two people who had a dramatic effect on the lives of African Americans. The observation was expanded to include the whole month in 1976, and has since become commonly referred to as Black History Month or African American History Month.  

DEOMI African American/Black History Month Posters

DEOMI African American/Black History Month Presentations

DEOMI African American/Black History Fact Sheets  

Additional Resources:  

Library of Congress Section  

History Channel Video & Minisite  

Smithsonian Resources  

Past NAVADMIN:

Women's History Month

(March)

Women's History Month started as Women's History Week in 1978. In 1987, Congress was petitioned to expand the week to an entire month. Women's History Month is a time to recognize the many contributions women have made to our Navy and Nation. The observance honors the spirit of possibility and hope embodied by generations of women who bring communities together and restore hope in the face of great challenges. Starting with the establishment of the Nurse Corps in 1908, women have been an integral part of the Navy and have exhibited ever-increasing influence and impact.  

DEOMI Women's History Month Posters

DEOMI Women's History Month Presentations

DEOMI Women's History Month Facts

Additional Resources:  

Library of Congress Section  

History Channel Minisite  

Women Veterans Historical Collection  

National Women's Hall of Fame  

Past NAVADMIN

Click Here to Visit the Office of Women's Policy (OPNAV N134) 

 

Days of Remembrance

 

(April/May timeframe) 

 

Mindful of the fact that our Nation's military forces first witnessed evidence of the Holocaust as they liberated the camps and cognizant of the fact that those of us in uniform must remember both the dreams we stand for and the nightmares we stand against, the Military Services take time during this period to remember the victims of the Holocaust. Often observances are held on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).

 

  

DEOMI Days of Remembrance Posters  

 

DEOMI Days of Remembrance Presentations

 

DEOMI Days of Remembrance Facts of the Day

 

 

Additional Resources:

 

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum  

 

 

Asian/Pacific American Heritage

(May)

 

This observation originally began as "Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Week” May 1-10, 1978, to celebrate the contributions of Americans of Asian or Pacific Islander descent – a group of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian Pacific American history: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States (May 7, 1843) and the significant contributions Chinese workers made in constructing the transcontinental railroad, (completed on May 10, 1869). In 1992, Congress expanded this observance to a month-long celebration.

 

DEOMI Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Posters

 

DEOMI Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Presentations

 

DEOMI Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Facts

 

 

Additional Resources:

Library of Congress Section  

Asian Pacific American Heritage Association

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month

(June)

 

During the month. the Department of Defense recognizes gay, lesbian and bisexual service members and LGBT civilians for their dedicated service to our country; the heroic contributions made by these Americans strengthen our national security.  During the month of June, the DOD is rededicated to equality, dignity, and respect for all.

 

DEOMI Lesbian, Gay. Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month Posters

DEOMI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month Presentations

DEOMI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month Facts of the Day

 

Additional Resources:

 

Library of Congress Section

 

 

 

Women's Equality Day

 

(26 August) 

 

On the Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote, was ratified. This was the culmination of a long struggle by women searching for the right to vote. In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated Aug. 26 as Women's Equality Day to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment and to celebrate continuing efforts toward equality. We also celebrate Women's Equality Day to commemorate the tremendous positive change brought on by the Women's Movement. Due to the countless millions of women who planned, organized, lectured, wrote, petitioned, lobbied, paraded and broke new ground in every field imaginable, our world is irrevocably changed.

 

DEOMI Women's Equality Day Posters

 

DEOMI Women's Equality Day Presentations

 

DEOMI Women's Equality Day Facts

 

 

Additional Resources:

 

National Women’s History Project

 

Pentagon Library Site 

 

 

  

Hispanic Heritage Month

(15 September - 15 October)

 

This observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 15. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

 

DEOMI Hispanic Heritage Month Posters

 

DEOMI Hispanic Heritage Month Presentations

 

DEOMI Hispanic Heritage Month Facts

 

 

Additional Resources: 

 

Library of Congress Section

 

Department of Defense Hispanic Heritage Month Website

 

 

 

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

(October)

 

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

 

DEOMI National Disability Employment Awareness Month Posters

 

DEOMI National Disability Employment Awareness Month Presentations

 

DEOMI National Disability Employment Awareness Month Facts

 

 

Additional Resources: 

 

Library of Congress Section

 

Department of Labor National Disability Employment Awareness Month Website

 

National American Indian Heritage Month

(November)

 

This important observance began in the early 1900's, when the Boy Scouts of America set aside a day for the "First Americans." In 1990, President Bush approved a joint resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month, or as it is now often referred to – American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month.

 

DEOMI National American Indian Heritage Month Posters

DEOMI National American Indian Heritage Month Presentations

DEOMI National American Indian Heritage Month Facts of the Day

 

Additional Resources:

 

Library of Congress Section

 

Bureau of Indian Affairs

 

 

For additional information on and resources for Diversity Observances, visit:

Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute

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