State Department Celebrates Heritage and History Months
Black History Month
Each February, National Black History Month serves as both a celebration and a powerful reminder that Black history is American history, Black culture is American culture, and Black stories are essential to the ongoing story of America — our faults, our struggles, our progress, and our aspirations. Shining a light on Black history today is as important to understanding ourselves and growing stronger as a Nation as it has ever been. That is why it is essential that we take time to celebrate the immeasurable contributions of Black Americans, honor the legacies and achievements of generations past, reckon with centuries of injustice, and confront those injustices that still fester today.
February 14, 2022
Why HBCUs Matter, Then & Now: Part Two
February 1, 2022
Why HBCUs Matter, Then & Now: Part One
January 31, 2022
A Proclamation on National Black History Month, 2022
January 17, 2022
Secretary Blinken’s Remarks on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
FEBRUARY 22, 2021
60 Years of Service: An American Diplomat’s Short Story
FEBRUARY 8, 2021
Celebrating Diversity through DS Recollections
Women’s History Month
Each year, Women’s History Month offers an important opportunity for us to shine a light on the extraordinary legacy of trailblazing American women and girls who have built, shaped, and improved upon our Nation.
Throughout American history, women and girls have made vital contributions, often in the face of discrimination and undue hardship. Courageous women marched for and won the right to vote, campaigned against injustice, shattered countless barriers, and expanded the possibilities of American life. Our history is also replete with examples of the unfailing bravery and grit of women in America, particularly in times of crisis and emergency. Women served our Nation during World War II, led organizing and litigation efforts during the Civil Rights movement, and represented the United States on the global stage in the fight for human rights, peace, and security. Far too often, their heroic efforts and their stories have gone untold — especially the millions of Black women, immigrant women, and others from diverse communities who have strengthened America across every generation.
MARCH 18, 2022
EMPoWering Women to Counter Terrorism
MARCH 15, 2022
EmPOWERing Women Entrepreneurs in America and Abroad
MARCH 14, 2022
2022 International Women of Courage Award
MARCH 11, 2022
Introducing the 2022 International Women of Courage
MARCH 8, 2022
International Women’s Day 2022: Break the Bias
FEBRUARY 11, 2022
Celebrating the State Department’s Women in Science
MARCH 1, 2021
A Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2021
Arab American Heritage Month
April is National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM) and celebrates the heritage, culture, and contributions of Arab Americans.
APRIL 1, 2022
Recognizing National Arab American Heritage Month
APRIL 30, 2021
Arab Americans and the Fabric of our Nation
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian Americans, and Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) make our Nation more vibrant through diversity of cultures, languages, and religions. There is no single story of the AANHPI experience, but rather a diversity of contributions that enrich America’s culture and society and strengthen the United States’ role as a global leader. The American story as we know it would be impossible without the strength, contributions, and legacies of AANHPIs who have helped build and unite this country in each successive generation. From laying railroad tracks, tilling fields, and starting businesses, to caring for our loved ones and honorably serving our Nation in uniform, AANHPI communities are deeply rooted in the history of the United States.
MAY 28, 2021
How I Built My Own ‘Shikata ga nai’ Philosophy
Military Appreciation Month
May is Military Appreciation Month. Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday in May, honors America’s military men and women who lost their lives in service to their country.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month
The uprising at the Stonewall Inn in June, 1969, sparked a liberation movement — a call to action that continues to inspire us to live up to our Nation’s promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all. Pride is a time to recall the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community has endured and to rejoice in the triumphs of trailblazing individuals who have bravely fought — and continue to fight — for full equality. Pride is both a jubilant communal celebration of visibility and a personal celebration of self-worth and dignity. This Pride Month, we recognize the valuable contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals across America, and we reaffirm our commitment to standing in solidarity with LGBTQ+ Americans in their ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice.
June 1, 2022
Commemorating Pride Month
APRIL 28, 2022
Statement by Secretary Blinken: Release of the First Annual Interagency Report on the Implementation of the Presidential Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons Around the World
JUNE 21, 2021
Secretary Antony J. Blinken At the Atlantic Council’s Front Page Pride Edition Virtual Conversation with Jonathan Capehart on “Pressing for Equality: Engaging on LGBTQI Issues Around the World”
JUNE 1, 2021
On Pride Month
Caribbean-American Heritage Month
America’s diversity is and always has been the defining strength of our Nation — in every generation, our society, spirit, and shared ambitions have been refreshed by wave after wave of immigrants seeking out their American dream. Throughout our history, Caribbean Americans have brought vibrant cultures, languages, traditions, and values that strengthen our country and add new chapters to our common story. In recognition of Caribbean Americans’ countless gifts and contributions to our Nation, we celebrate National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.
Immigrant Heritage Month & World Refugee Day
America is, always has been, and always will be a Nation of immigrants. It was the premise of our founding; it is reflected in our Constitution; it is etched upon the Statue of Liberty — that “from her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome.” During National Immigrant Heritage Month, we reaffirm and draw strength from that enduring identity and celebrate the history and achievements of immigrant communities across our Nation.
We join people around the globe in commemorating World Refugee Day, a day when we recognize the courage and humanity of the millions forced to flee violence, persecution, and war. It is also a moment to honor the generosity of communities welcoming refugees and the bravery and dedication of humanitarian workers who provide life-saving assistance, often in challenging and dangerous conditions.
JUNE 20, 2021
World Refugee Day: Faith and Humanitarian Responses
JUNE 20, 2021
Commemorating World Refugee Day 2021
Hispanic Heritage Month
During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize that Hispanic heritage is American heritage. We see it in every aspect of our national life: on our television and movie screens, in the music that moves our feet, and in the foods we enjoy. We benefit from the many contributions of Hispanic scientists working in labs across the country to help us fight COVID-19 and the doctors and the nurses on the front lines caring for people’s health. Our Nation is represented by Hispanic diplomats who share our values in countries all over the world and strengthened by military members and their families who serve and sacrifice for the United States. Our communities are represented by Hispanic elected officials, and our children are taught by Hispanic teachers. Our future will be shaped by Hispanic engineers who are working to develop new technology that will help us grasp our clean energy future and by the skilled union workers who are going to build it.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
Hispanic Heritage Month 2022
SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
Hispanic Heritage Month 2021
SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
A Proclamation on National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2021