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. 12 |2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week: Day of Prayer
- Jan. 13 | 2023 MLK Symposium – The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
- Jan. 10-16 | 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week
- Jan. 13 |2023 Equity Indicators Symposium
- Jan. 16 | Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
- Jan. 17 | National Day of Racial Healing: An Afternoon with Dr. Michael Phillips
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.
Read & Watch
- United States National Holocaust Memorial Museum | International Holocaust Remembrance Day
- American Jewish Committee | Seven Podcasts to Help You Understand, Respond To, and Prevent Antisemitism
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.
Read and Watch
- Jan. 16 – Feb. 16 |The Dallas Mavericks- Black History Month Art Contest
- Feb. 7 |Funk Family Upstander Speaker Series: Opal Lee
- Feb. 17-18 | Dallas Black Dance Theater Cultural Awareness
- Feb. 24 |Dallas LGBTQ Symposium on Equality & Human Rights
- May 6-7 | Black Heritage Celebration