National Heritage Months

Haynes Boone participates with the Equal Employment Opportunity Special Emphasis Observances series to promote diversity and inclusion awareness and education. Learn about recent observances below.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October)

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) takes place each October to celebrate the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme of NDEAM 2021 is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.” The history of NDEAM traces back to 1945 when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15)

From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of our American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Hispanic Heritage Month originally started as a commemorative week introduced in June of 1968 by California Congressman George E. Brown. In September of the same year, Congress passed a public law officially authorizing and requesting President Lyndon B. Johnson to issue annual proclamation, declaring National Hispanic Heritage Week.  President Johnson issued the proclamation the same day.

 

 

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