National Women's History Month: The 2014 theme: Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. Established by presidential proclamation, the purpose of this month is to draw attention to and rectify the limited focus on women in historical studies. The theme is set by the National Women's History Project.
Irish American Heritage Month: Congress proclaimed this heritage month in 1995 to celebrate the many achievements and contributions made to American culture by persons of Irish heritage. The president of the United States issues a proclamation each year designating the month of March to be Irish American Heritage Month.
Deaf History Month: Esurance. (March 13 - April 15)
This month calls attention to key events in deaf history, including the founding of Gallaudet University and the American School for the Deaf
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This celebratory day began as part of the socialist movement for greater women's rights, particularly the right to vote. In 1910, the last Sunday in February was designated as the celebration by the Conference of Socialist Women in Copenhagen, Denmark. Later it was changed to March 8 so that it could be uniformly celebrated to honor women's role in the Russian Revolution. In the 1960s, with the resurgence of feminism, International Women's Day gained renewed interest as a day to celebrate women's lives and work.
A staunch abolitionist, Tubman became the "conductor" of what came to be known as the Underground Railroad, a clandestine system that helped slaves escape from the South of the United States to freedom in the North. She too had escaped slavery and she earned the name "Moses" for her heroic work; she led some 400 slaves to freedom. This is the date of her death.
Marie Rudisill, a writer and television personality, was the aunt of the novelist Truman Capote, who turned history into a cookbook called Sook's Cookbook: Memories and Traditional Receipts from the Deep South. She compiled the recipes of Capote's great-aunt that include recipes from plantation record books dating from 1836 including such Southern recipes as green olive jambalaya, watermelon rind preserves, poinsettia cake, buttermilk biscuits, persimmon cake, and sweet toncha (a corn pudding named after the Choctaw name for sweet corn), as well as Sook's famous "Christmas Memory" fruitcake, about which Capote wrote a short story. The cookbook was first published in 1989; an updated version was published in 2008. Along with the recipes are family memories and stories written by Rudisill portraying life in the South. Rudisill's other books include Fruitcake: Memories of Truman Capote and Sook and Truman Capote: The Story of His Bizarre and Exotic Boyhood by an Aunt Who Helped Raise Him.
On this day in 1960, police killed at least sixty-nine people that were peacefully demonstrating against the apartheid "pass laws" in the township of Sharpeville, South Africa. In 1966, The UN General Assembly proclaimed this international day of commemoration for the Sharpeville Massacre. South Africa commemorates this day as Human Rights Day.
Mother's Day is a public holiday in Syria. We offer our thoughts and our prayers to the families trying to carve out a bit of joy and peace in a country too long torn by war.
Height, a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement, is known for her activism that spanned three-quarters of a century from the Roosevelt administration to the election of President Barack Obama. She led the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), from 1957 until 1997 an organization founded by Mary McLeod Bethune in 1935 to advance opportunities for African American women. Height was the leading woman in the higher ranks of the early Civil Rights Movement, marching alongside Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. She was on the platform when Dr. King delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. She mobilized her friend Polly Cowan to help her organize "Wednesdays in Mississippi" (WIMS), when Northern women of different races traveled to Mississippi during the Freedom Summer in 1964 to create dialogue with Southern women across regional, racial, and class differences in an effort to promote racial integration. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.
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