Communications from UNC's Vice President of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
February 09, 2022
Susan B. Anthony Day
As an early proponent of equal pay for equal work and the right of women to vote, Susan B. Anthony and others involved in the women’s suffrage movement, paved the way for women’s rights. We celebrate Susan B. Anthony Day on February 15, the day of her birth. Although she was not able to see her dream of women being given the right to vote before her death in 1906, her work contributed to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 that gave women that right. After having met William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass, she became an abolition activist and spoke openly against slavery. Beginning in 1851, she and Elizabeth Cady Stanton worked for over 50 years for women’s rights and, in particular, the right for women to vote.
January 31, 2022
Black Heritage Month: Black Health and Wellness
Black Heritage Month, annually recognized during the month of February since 1976, originated with Dr. Carter G. Woodson as Negro History Week in 1926. Dr. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), dedicated his life and work to the study and sharing of African American History. Black Heritage Month is a time to amplify and bring to the forefront particular issues in the Black community and educate how Black people and the Black community contributed to history and society.
January 28, 2022
Chinese New Year: Spring Festival
The Chinese New Year 2022 begins on Tuesday, February 1 and is celebrated for 15 days culminating with the Lantern Festival on February 15. According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2022 represents the Year of the Tiger and it is believed that persons born in this Zodiac are thought to be extremely competitive, courageous, and ambitious.
January 21, 2022
Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022
January 27 marks Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a day established worldwide by the United Nations, and commemorates the liberation from the Auschwitz death camp and to honor the victims of Nazism. On this day and every day, we should remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and affirm our promise to never let this happen again. The 2022 theme of “Memory, Dignity and Justice”, encourages the accurate writing of history and challenges Holocaust denial and the distortion of history often seen in antisemitism.
January 10, 2022
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Next week we will honor the life, legacy, and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Most notable for his speeches that spoke truth to power, this day was not quickly deemed as a holiday as we see it today. Shortly after his assassination in 1968, the campaign to federally recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. began; however, it was not until 1983 that the holiday was signed into law. Finally, in 2000, all 50 states formally acknowledged and observed the holiday.