Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
This day began with the signing of a legislation in 1983 which officially marked the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. In 1994 congress designated this federal holiday as a national day of service. This day takes place yearly on the 3rd Monday in January. The MLK day of service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community". Although nationally this is a day of service here at NMU we spend the entire week celebrating the legacy of Dr. King and his work.
Black History Month
The month of February pays tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. This event began as a week-long celebration in 1925 and expanded to a month long event in 1976.
Women's History Month
The origins of Women's history month are as a celebration in 1981 and the president proclaimed the week beginning March 7, 1982 as women's history week. In 1987 congress declared the month of March 1987 as Women's History Month. This month recognizes the changes that women have made throughout history to improve the environment, the laws for women in the U.S. (and other oppressed groups), as well as other improvements to the world.
Asian-Pacific Islander Awareness Month
This month is about celebrating Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States. This month began in 1977 with the proclamation of the first 10 days of May being known as Asian-pacific Heritage week. In 1990 President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration a month-long celebration. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the U.S. on May 7, 1843 and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. NMU chooses to celebrate this month during April, when there are more students on campus.
Latina/o/x Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)
This month begins on September 15 with the anniversary of the independence of 5 Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. During this month Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16th and Chile on September 18th. This month is to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors come from Spain, Mexico, the Carribean, and Central and South America.
LGBTQ+ History Month
While LGBTQ+ Pride month is in June, LGBTQ+ Awareness month is in October. LGBT Awareness month began its celebration in 1994. It has since expanded to LGBTQ+ awareness month to be more inclusive of all genders and sexualities. On October 11 we observe National Coming Out Day. At NMU, we promote wearing a RED shirt on this day to promote awareness. Overall this month is a time to celebrate LGBTQ+ identified individuals and to give a chance for non-LGBTQ+ identified individuals to learn.
Native American Heritage Month
This month began as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Native Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution in 1990 designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. This month recognizes the first people that inhabited what is now known as the United States. It also remembers the struggles of violence, discrimination, and alienation that the Natives had to endure. November celebrates the Native American Culture but also recognizes the history of this culture.