This month we feature a month-long celebration as well as two one-day celebrations that help us reflect on our world.
October offers a wide opportunity to celebrate the diverse world we live in today.
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Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the U.S. Hispanic and Latino communities. In 2023, Hispanic Heritage Month will last from Friday, September 15 through Sunday, October 15. This recognition commemorates how those communities have influenced and contributed to American society at large. It is a time to celebrate the history, culture, contributions and achievements of the Hispanic and Latino communities.
People being civil to other people is what makes the world a better place and is the key focus of National Civility Month, which is held in August each year. National Civility Month was founded to help the world remember to treat others the way we wish to be treated ourselves — with kindness, empathy, and respect. What does it mean to treat each other with civility? It means to be civil in public discourse and behavior, be respectful of others whether or not you agree with them; it means standing against incivility when you see it.
We celebrate International Day of the World's Indigenous People on August 9. We need indigenous communities for a better world. There are an estimated 476 million indigenous peoples in the world living across 90 countries. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 cultures. They make up less than 5 percent of the world’s population, yet account for 15 percent of the poorest. Indigenous peoples have sought recognition of their identities, their way of life, and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years.
In the US, July is Disability Pride Month. It marks the 1990 enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark U.S. rights law that extended civil rights protections to persons with disabilities and assured that all Americans would benefit from their talents. There are an estimated 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide. Their contributions benefit us all.