2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer - a highly publicized campaign in the Deep South to register Blacks to vote during the summer of 1964. To educate yourself, please visit Freedom Summer: An American Experience to read and watch a video about the summer of 1964. Link: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/freedomsummer/
Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. How will you be celebrating July 4th?
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan. At the time, police raids on bars catering to LGBT patrons were common, but that night, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn fought back. While historical accounts of the night vary, the violent response ignited a national firestorm of activism that brought new visibility to the struggle for LGBT equality.
Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
June 16-20th: Wear Your Pride Week