Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)

August 5, 2022 August 5, 1943, marks the official forming of The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). It was a civilian women pilots’ organization, whose members were United States federal civil service employees. Members of WASP became trained pilots who tested aircraft, ferried aircraft, and trained other pilots. Their purpose was to free male pilotsContinue reading “Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)”

International Non-Binary People’s Day

July 14th is International Non-binary People’s Day, which aims to celebrate the wide range of people worldwide who identify as non-binary. But do you know what it means to be non-binary? And do you know how you can better support non-binary people? Here are some ideas! Let’s start with the basics- What does non-binary referContinue reading “International Non-Binary People’s Day”

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Formally recognized in 2008, Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (also known as BIPOC Mental Health Month) was created to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the US. Bebe Moore Campbell was an American author, journalist, teacher, and mental health advocate whoContinue reading “National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month”

Juneteenth: Stories from the Past

In addition to all other forms of celebration, Juneteenth also highlights oral storytelling. There are usually open mics that allow individuals to share poetry (new and classics), singing, and storytelling. This is tradition also draws back to the story’s origin with General Granger’s verbal proclamation of freedom to the formerly enslaved Texans.  The recordings ofContinue reading “Juneteenth: Stories from the Past”

Juneteenth: Black-Owned Businesses

Supporting Black businesses is something we can do not just on Juneteenth the day but anytime throughout the year (shout-out to National Black Business month in August). Let’s address the first hurdle: identifying a Black business. Simply because a business sells products that are catered to the Black community, does not necessarily mean that itContinue reading “Juneteenth: Black-Owned Businesses”

Juneteenth: Food

Breaking bread with loved ones is an important part of African American culture, and Juneteenth is no different. These selected recipes reflect the holiday’s Texas roots. In the video below, NMAAHC Web Content Specialist Andre Thompson and his family show how to make the perfect brisket for Juneteenth. Here are some other great recipes youContinue reading “Juneteenth: Food”

Juneteenth: HBCU Celebration

Historically Black Colleges and Universities have been a big part of the economic and social structure of the United States for nearly 190 years. Many students of color, many of them notable, have attended HBCUs thanks to the rich cultural and educational opportunities provided. Notable names such as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Oprah Winfrey,Continue reading “Juneteenth: HBCU Celebration”

Juneteenth 2022

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Granger’s announcement was two years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves in other southern states. Although some enslaved people knew aboutContinue reading “Juneteenth 2022”

PTSD Awareness Month

June 2022 National PTSD Awareness Month is observed in June and it ushers in an array of awareness campaigns run for the benefit of PTSD survivors. PTSD, which stands for post-traumatic stress disorder, occurs in people after they have experienced a particularly traumatic event like war, violent physical/sexual/verbal assault, accidents, and so forth. Symptoms includeContinue reading “PTSD Awareness Month”

Pride Month 2022

Annually, across the globe, various events are held during the month of June as a way of recognizing the influence LGBTQIA+ people have had around the world. As well as being a month-long celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise awareness of current issues facing the community. Memorials are heldContinue reading “Pride Month 2022”