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Days of Commemoration in Montgomery County and Maryland

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In recognition of Montgomery County’s religious, ethnic and cultural diversity and in respect for the diversity of its own workforce, on March 28, 2006, the County Council passed legislation ( Bill No. 1-06: Special Days of Commemoration ) to designate certain days of commemoration relating to the religious, ethnic and cultural heritage of County residents. On July 7, 2006, the County Executive signed the legislation into law. For regulations governing leave and alternate work schedules for religious observance, County government employees can refer to the Personnel Regulations (sec. 15-4) located on HR Resource Library.

Press Release - County Council
Montgomery Ethnic Affairs Committee and Councilmember George Leventhal: Forum on the County’s ‘Days of Commemoration’
News Archive 2011: Committee for Ethnic Affairs Hosts Forum on "Days of Commemoration"

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Days of Commemoration - Montgomery County, MD

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Commemorative Events - State of Maryland
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Commemorative Days

June is Immigrant Heritage

Since June of 2014, Immigrant Heritage Month has given people across the United States an opportunity to explore their own heritage and celebrate the shared diversity that forms the unique story of America. Read more about: ‘I Am An Immigrant’ campaign that is launching ‘I Stand With Immigrants’, a brand new year-long initiative that provides new avenues for individuals, companies, organizations, and public leaders–to take action in support of their immigrant employees, colleagues, constituents, neighbors and friends.


June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and the #IAmAnImmigrant campaign launches the new #IStandWithImmigrants initiative to encourage all of us to explore our individual heritage & recognize our distinct and shared experiences. We all have our piece in the American story, whether as a new immigrant, native to this land, a descendent of slavery or those who came to our nation seeking a better life. #IAmAnImmigrant honors each of our families’ sacrifices, struggles and successes – America’s strength is reflected in our diversity built over generations. Join artists, entertainers, elected officials, organizations and your friends in celebrating the diverse heritage of our nation’s social fabric. Stand with immigrants at to celebrate the monumental contributions that immigrants have made — and continue to make every day.

Celebrities share stories of cultural misunderstandings

Adjusting to a new culture can be difficult. Often times you feel like a fish out of water but those moments when you feel the most unsure can also be the source of laughter. Watch Alan Cumming, Cristela Alonzo, Amir Arison and Adepero Oduye talk about their own cultural mishaps or those of their parents in this #IAmAnImmigrant montage.

Akon from Senegal to the Grammy!

Being raised in Senegal, musician Akon reflects on how it was his unique voice and background that helped skyrocket him to the top of the music charts.

Jose Hernandez’s Journey from Migrant Farmworker to Astronaut

Jose Hernandez is the child of Mexican immigrants. He worked alongside his parents picking crops in the United States. Jose recounts his dream-turned-reality, which is living proof that Mexican-Americans achieve the highest of heights, including space!

ACLU Immigrants' Rights
AILA Leadership Blog
America's Voice
ILW Immigration Law Blogs
Immigration Equality
ImmigrationProf Blog
LIRS: Redefining Welcome
SPLC's Hatewatch
Standing FIRM
The CLINIC Daily
I Am An Immigrant
Alley Watch
National Immigration Forum's ImmPolitic

June is LGBT Pride Month


The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community worldwide celebrates June as LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots of June 1969.

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month

In 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution recognizing the significance of Caribbean immigrants and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. In 2006, the resolution passed the Senate. Since then, the White House has issued an annual proclamation recognizing National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.   Presidential Proclamation

Founder of Caribbean American Heritage Month Dr. Claire Nelson

Business Consultant Madison Bedard

Tony Carr DC Reggae Radio Host

Director of Americas Martinique Promotion Bureau Muriel Wiltord

Eddie Edwards, CEO of Jamaican Jerk Festival USA inc

May Is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. It is a chance to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian/Pacific Americans have made to American history, society and culture.

Asian and Pacific Islanders may come from the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Montgomery College acknowledges and celebrates the contributions of our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The college community is encouraged to participate in events and activities at the College and within the surrounding communities to celebrate Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage.

April is Arab American Heritage Month


The College celebrates Arab American Heritage Month with a dynamic calendar of events throughout the month of April every year.  We welcome this opportunity to honor the Arab Americans; students, staff, and faculty, and their contributions to our community.

March is Middle Eastern Heritage Month

In 2015 Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett declared March to be observed as Middle Eastern American Heritage Month for the first time in the county. We welcome this opportunity to honor the Middle Eastern Americans; students, staff, and faculty, and their contributions to our community.

MIddle East map
40 maps that explain the Middle East

Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. Here are 40 maps crucial for understanding the Middle East - its history, its present, and some of the most important stories in the region today.

An Introduction to *Edward Said's Orientalism

Edward Said’s Orientalism is one of the most influential works ever written in the field of sociology. This short video explains the key ideas in only a few minutes. (3.29) * Edward Said (1935- 2003) was a professor of literature at Columbia University, a public intellectual, and a founder of the academic field of post-colonial studies.

Edward Said On Orientalism

Edward Said's book ORIENTALISM has been profoundly influential in a diverse range of disciplines since its publication in 1978. In this engaging (and lavishly illustrated) interview he talks about the context within which the book was conceived, its main themes and how its original thesis relates to the contemporary understanding of "the Orient."

March is Women's History Month

Womens History Month

Women's History Month Women's History Month is a "celebration of women's contributions to history, culture and society. Learn more

Space for Women: This film contains interviews with women employed in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space transportation program and shows the variety of positions held by women in the agency.

Violence against women—it's a men's issue: Jackson Katz, Phd, is an
anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities.
An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Katz has worked in gender violence prevention work with diverse groups of men and boys in sports culture and the military, and has pioneered work in critical media literacy.

Within the Gates: On the employment of women in the textile and
garment industries.

February is Black History Month

1965 Civil Rights Marches - MLK's Famous Montgomery Speech

Black America since MLK: AND I STILL RISE

Martin Luther King Jr. Leads The March on Washington

Black America Since MLK: AND STILL I RISE -  Black Lives Matter

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