Special Emphasis Program Observances
The following observances take place each year and are mandated through Presidential Executive Orders.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – (January)
African American History - (February)
Women's History – (March)
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – (May)
Women's Equality Day - (August)
Hispanic Heritage – (September 15 – October 15)
Disability Employment Awareness – (October)
Native American Heritage – (November)
- Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, former Director, Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y, were instrumental in implementing the first American Indian Day. For three years, he successfully influenced the Boy Scouts of America to honor a day for the "First Americans." In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed President, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Rev. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.