Engaging with Cultural Holidays: January and February 2023

Commemorate, learn about, and engage in upcoming diverse and cultural holidays through the resources and local events below.

Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed on the third month of January, marks the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., honoring his achievements and work to resist racial segregation. He was instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination in public accommodations, facilities, and employment, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The holiday promotes equal rights for all Americans, is marked by education about the work of Martin Luther King, and the struggle against racial segregation and racism, as well as community service.


Jan. 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day pays tribute to the memory of the six million Jewish and five million non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust, reaffirming commitment to counter antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group-targeted violence. Designated by the United Nations General Assembly, the date marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on Jan. 27, 1945.

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February: Black History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. During this month, we reflect on more than 400 years of Black history in the U.S. and pay tribute to the generations of African American people who struggled through adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. Below are resources to help you better understand Black history and celebrate the achievements.

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