Calendar of Collective Liberation

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Our collective liberation is tied. Here is a growing list of holidays, days of remembrance, awareness, and beyond affecting all marginalized communities. It’s our duty to celebrate and stand with each other in the fight against what tells us we should be doing otherwise.

Photo by Yura Sapi from poetry and photo series, “Poems of a Quest for Liberation from the Cages of Colonization”

January

  • World Braille Day – January 4
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Day – January 11
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day – 3rd Monday of the month
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27
  • Chinese New Year – varies

February

  • Black History Month
  • National Freedom Day – February 1
  • Chinese New Year – varies
  • World Day of Social Justice – February 20

March

  • National Women’s History Month
  • National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month
  • Gender Equality Month
  • International Women’s Day – March 8
  • Deaf History Month – March 13 – April 15
  • Native AIDS/HIV Awareness Day – March 20
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21
  • World Down Syndrome Day – March 21
  • International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade – March 25
  • International Transgender Day of Visibility – March 31
  • Passover – Varies

April

  • Autism Awareness Month
  • Arab-American Heritage Month
  • Celebrate Diversity Month
  • World Autism Awareness Day – April 2
  • Equal Pay Day – April 10
  • Day of Silence – April 12
  • Youth Homelessness Matters Day – April 15
  • Passover – Varies
  • Earth Day – April 22

May

  • National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • South Asian Heritage Month
  • Haitian Heritage Month
  • Indian Heritage Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • Older Americans Month
  • Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
  • Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women’s Day – May 5
  • Mother’s Day – 2nd Sunday of the month
  • Ramadan – varies
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development – May 21
  • Memorial Day – May 27

June

  • National Caribbean American Heritage Month
  • LGBTQ+ Pride Month
  • AIDS Awareness Month
  • Loving Day – June 12
  • Race Unity Day – June 14
  • Juneteenth – June 19
  • First Nations Day (Canada) – June 21
  • Father’s Day – 3rd Sunday of the month
  • LGBTQ+ Pride Day – last Sunday of the month

July

  • World Population Day – June 11
  • Nelson Mandela International Day – July 18
  • Disability Independence Day – July 26
  • International Day of Friendship – July 30

August

  • National Civility Month
  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous People – August 9
  • Marcus Garvey Day – August 17
  • World Humanitarian Day – August 18
  • International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition – August 23
  • Women’s Equality Day – August 26

September

  • Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month – September 15 – October 15
  • National Guide Dog Month
  • Yom Kippur – varies
  • International Day of Peace – September 21
  • Rosh Hashanah – varies

October

  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • LGBT History Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Bullying Prevention Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • World Mental Health Day – October 10
  • National Coming Out Day (U.S.) – October 11
  • Indigenous People’s Day – 2nd Monday of the month
  • Diwali – varies
  • International Stuttering Awareness Day – October 22

November

  • National Native American Heritage Month
  • National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • World Freedom Day – November 9
  • Diwali – varies
  • Veteran’s Day –  November 11
  • World Kindness Day – November 13
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – November 25

December

  • Universal Human Rights Month
  • World AIDS Day – December 1
  • International Day of Disabled Persons – December 3
  • International Human Rights Day – December 10
  • Winter Solstice – December 21
  • Hanukkah – varies
  • Kwanzaa – December 26 – January 1
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