Celebrating Diversity – October

October – Disability Employment Awareness Month (USA) – It began with the Presidential Proclamation in 1988.  This law replaced ‘National Employ the Handicapped Week’ which had occurred annually since 1945 during the first week in October.  The new law also recognized the change in terminology and replaced the term ‘handicap’ with ‘disability’.

October – Women’s History Month (Canada) – Since 1992, October highlights the contributions of women to Canadian society and recognizes the achievements of women as a vital part of the Canadian heritage.

October – Black History Month (UK) – In Britain, Black History Month was first celebrated in October 1987 as part of African Jubilee Year.  The decision to make this an annual event each October was endorsed by the Association of London Authorities.  It has since grown to recognize and embrace the contributions and traditions of other black communities.

Source: www.multiculturalcalendars.com

Part of a posting series on multicultural events for 2009.

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