Social Awareness Causes
"As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort. The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month."
Specific Day Recognition
- February 4: World Cancer Day
- February 11: Safer Internet Day
- February 14: Valentines Day
- February 15: World Whale Day
- February 20: World Day of Social Justice
- February 27: Digital Learning Day
- February 27: International Polar Bear Day
- February 29: Rare Disease Day
"Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields."
SPECIFIC DAY RECOGNITION
- March 3: World Wildlife Day
- March 8: International Women’s Day
- March 12: World Kidney Day
- March 20: Global Recycling Day
- March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
- March 21: International Day of Forests
- March 21: World Down Syndrome Day
- March 22: World Water Day
- March 24: World Tuberculosis Day
- March 28: Earth Hour
- March 29: Good Deeds Day
"In 1970, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible. In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, which evolved into National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM)."
"In April, on World Autism Awareness Day and during National Autism Awareness Month, the Office of Autism Research Coordination honors all people on the autism spectrum, their families, advocates, health care workers, service providers, researchers, and other community members who work together to make the world safer and more accommodating for those with disabilities."
"National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness and provide education and support to families through resources and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect. Each year, the White House and many states issue proclamations to raise awareness and to encourage communities to take steps to improve the well-being of children. To learn more about significant moments in child abuse prevention, browse the NCAPM timeline."
National Volunteer Month
"National Volunteer month in the United States takes place in the month of April. This month is dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month. Thank a volunteer. Volunteer! Many volunteers will tell you it is a rewarding experience. You don’t have to have a ton of time. Do you have a special talent or skill that may benefit a charity or organization? Offer your services or ask how you can be of help. Use #NationalVolunteerMonth to share on social media."
SPECIFIC DAY RECOGNITION
- April 2: World Autism Awareness Day
- April 7: World Health Day
- April 12: International Day for Street Children
- April 15: World Art Day
- April 22: Earth Day
- April 23: World Book Day
- April 25: International Sculpture Day
- April 25: World Penguin Day
- April 30: International Jazz Day