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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)   

  • Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926. We owe the celebration of Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black history, to the late Dr. Carter G. Woodson who started the observance as "Negro History Week" and later as "Black History Month."                          

Presidential Proclamation: National African American History Month, 2013


NSF African-American History Month Observance

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents a fireside chat -- At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Please join us for a panel discussion on these two historic events and how they shaped our nation.  The guest moderator will be Dr. Edna Greene Medford, Chair of the Department of History at Howard University.  Dr. Medford co-authored The Emancipation Proclamation:  Three Views.

Date: February 26, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: NSF Stafford II, Room 555

Women's History – (March)
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – (May)
Womens Equality Day - (August)
Hispanic Heritage – (September 15 – October 15)
Disability Employment Awareness – (October)
Native American Heritage – (November)



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