Diversity Spotlight

Josephine BakerFebruary 2014: Black History Month
This year’s theme is At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. READ MORE...

Marin Luther King, Jr.January 2014: A Dream that Continues Today
In January, our nation recognizes the birthday of one of the most visible advocates of nonviolent direct action for social change, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. READ MORE...

Religious FreedomDecember 2013: Religious Freedom
Missourians are able to participate in a diverse array of religious celebrations and observances throughout the year. READ MORE...

Native American Heritage MonthNovember 2013: Native American Heritage Month
In 1976, Congress, in conjunction with President Gerald Ford, designated one week each year in October as Native American Awareness Week, a tradition that continued until August 1990, when President George H.W. Bush approved the transition to National American Indian Heritage Month, celebrating the accomplishments, contributions, and sacrifices of American Indians and Alaskan Natives each November. READ MORE...

National Disability Employment Awareness MonthOctober 2013: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
In October, we recognize the significant contributions that persons with disabilities make in the workplace as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Hispanic HeritageSeptember 2013: Hispanic Heritage
The contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans are recognized annually in the United States during National Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 to October 15. READ MORE...

Woman's Suffrage paradeAugust 2013: Women's Equality Day
Each year America celebrates Women's Equality Day to commemorate the certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on August 26, 1920, granting women the right to vote after nearly 100 years of struggle. READ MORE...

Signing of the Declaration of IndependenceJuly 2013: All People/Freedom (Independence Day)
Independence Day, first established as a federal holiday in 1870, and the month of July marks the birth of our Nation and a time to celebrate the rights and liberties enjoyed by all people of this great land. READ MORE...

JuneteenthJune 2013: Juneteenth
The cessation of slavery in the United States is observed on June 19, or Juneteenth.  READ MORE...

Older Americans MonthMay 2013: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month/Older Americans Month
Unleash the Power of Age is the theme for this year's Older Americans Month, previously known as “Senior Citizens Month” when established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy. READ MORE...

April 2013: Fair Housing Month
Each year in April we commemorate the 1968 passage of the federal Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing, by celebrating Fair Housing Month. READ MORE...

Bess TrumanMarch 2013: Women's History Month
The National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress in 1987 to expand the observance of “Women’s History Week” as established in 1981 to include the entire month of March. READ MORE...