Georgia State is commemorating Juneteenth, Pride Month, Caribbean American Heritage Month, important anniversaries and other observances throughout the summer! Through this page, you can find more information about Juneteenth as well as other events celebrating our country’s rich history.
Learn more below!
Do you have a Juneteenth, Pride Month, Caribbean American Heritage Month, or other diversity-related event happening this summer? Let the DEI team know through the event submission form here.
Click on the icon to the left of each event for more information. For most events, you'll be taken to the relevant event page on the Panther Involvement Network (PIN) website. For on-campus events, click the link on the building name (example: "Student Center East") to open a Georgia State map of the location.
Find more diversity, equity and inclusion events at Georgia State this summer by visiting the DEI events calendar! Click the button below to read more.
Partners & Acknowledgements
Georgia State gratefully acknowledges the partnerships and support of the following organizations and groups. Learn more about them below.
FIS Global: as a Fintech (Financial Technology) company, FIS is a leading provider of technology solutions for merchants, banks and capital markets firms globally. Their employees are dedicated to advancing the way the world pays, banks and invests by applying their scale, deep expertise and data-driven insights. They help their clients use technology in innovative ways to solve business-critical challenges and deliver superior experiences for their customers.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, FIS ranks #241 on the 2021 Fortune 500 and is a member of Standard & Poor's 500® Index. Learn more at https://www.fisglobal.com/en/.
Georgia Fintech Academy: a collaboration between Georgia’s FinTech industry and University System of Georgia, is a talent development initiative that informs learners about the specialized educational experiences needed to enter the FinTech sector, regardless of where they live in the state or the college in which they enroll. Learn more at https://georgiafintechacademy.org/.
S.A.D.E.’s Hope: Standing Against Domestic Violence Everyday (S.A.D.E.’s Hope) is a teen dating abuse and domestic violence organization providing an open and relatable platform for teenagers, younger millennials, and upcoming generations. S.A.D.E.’s Hope goal is to bring awareness and provide assistance to teens and millennial victims by providing referrals to shelters, job-training, legal advocacy, referrals to counseling, financial resources, and establishing preventive measures, amongst other things. The specific community service that we serve is elementary, middle and high school students between the ages of 10 and 18. Learn more at
This Social Justice Summer website is a collaboration between Cultures, Communities & Inclusion, the Multicultural Center, the Office of Black Student Achievement and the communications manager of the Office of the Provost.
It is important to acknowledge the diverse religious and cultural observances that occur throughout the year. This diversity of religious and cultural beliefs, like other forms of diversity, enriches our University community and the work and learning that occurs here. Our Social Justice Summer Calendar is here to help you celebrate a wide variety of diversity events and topics as they occur. They include, but are definitely not limited to, the months and dates listed below.
Note: Some observances/holidays, especially religious observances, are not held on the same common calendar date (the calendar used in civil and business life in the West) every year, as these holidays are tied to lunar-based calendars among different cultures and faiths. Additionally, holidays in Judaism and Islam typically begin at sundown.
- African American Music Appreciation Month/ Black Music Month
- June is African American Music Appreciation Month. It began in 1979 when Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the impact of Black music. In 2009, President Barack Obama declared the start of summer as a celebration for all the Black “musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters [who] have made enormous contributions to our culture.” On May 31, 2016, President Obama officially declared the month of June as African American Music Appreciation Month.
- Immigrant Heritage Month
- Established in June 2014, Immigrant Heritage Month gives people across the United States an opportunity to annually explore their own heritage and celebrate the shared diversity that forms the unique story of America. It celebrates immigrants across the United States and their contributions to their local communities and economy.
- National Caribbean American Heritage Month
- National Caribbean-American Heritage Month commemoration was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005 to recognize the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. The resolution passed the Senate in Feb. 2006 and President George H.W. Bush issued the proclamation in June 2006. The commemoration of Caribbean American Heritage Month aims to remind Americans that our greatness lies in our diversity. Caribbean immigrants from founding father, Alexander Hamilton, to civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois and so many more who have shaped the American dream. The month is an opportunity to celebrate the heritage, history, and cultural diversity and a time to explore the traditions Caribbean-Americans carry with them.
- Pride Month (LGBTQ+)
- Pride month is held in June each year in the United States to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising of June 1969 in New York City — a series of protests, rallies, and other activism in response to repeated police harassment of the city’s gay, lesbian, and transgender population. The Stonewall Uprising, where the community fought back against law enforcement, is seen as the turning point in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the US and is called one of the most important events in the Gay Liberation Movement. During Pride, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and allied Americans celebrate and bring awareness, empowerment, and visibility to their communities.
- World Refugee Month
- June was first declared as World Refugee Awareness Month in 2001. Since then, June has been a time to acknowledge strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees who live around the globe.
Selected Daily Observances
- June 2 - American Indian Citizenship Day
- It was on this day in 1924 that the Indian Citizenship Act by Congress granted citizenship to all American Indians born in the U.S. The day celebrates the history, heritage, and culture of American Indian tribes across the country.
- June 4-6 - Shavuot (sunset to sunset)
- This Jewish festival, also known as the "Feast of Weeks," celebrates the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the Israelites.
- June 12 – Loving Day
- Loving Day commemorates the date in 1967 that an interracial couple got the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down anti-miscegenation laws in the country. Today, Blacks, whites and others celebrate June 12 as Loving Day throughout the nation.
- June 12 - Pulse Night of Remembrance
- The Pulse Night of Remembrance honors the 49 lives lost in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., on this date in 2016.
- June 12 - Anne Frank Day
- June 12 is the birthday of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl whose diary describes her family’s experiences hiding from the Nazis through assistance of Gentile friends. The diary of Frank, who was murdered along with members of her family in the Holocaust, widened global knowledge and awareness of the genocide that took place, on a personal level.
- June 8 — Race Unity Day
- Race Unity Day in the Baha'i faith was established to promote racial harmony and understanding.
- June 19 – Juneteenth
- Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. This celebration honors the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, on June 19, 1865, when the Union Army arrived in Galveston ordering that slavery end. Ever since, African Americans have celebrated that date as “Juneteenth Independence Day.” Juneteenth was declared a federal holiday in 2021 and state holiday in Georgia in 2022.
- June 20 - Father's Day
- Father's Day is a holiday of honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society.
- June 20 – World Refugee Day
- World Refugee Day, international observance observed June 20 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the experiences of refugees throughout the world.
- June 21 – Litha, Summer Solstice (Wicca)
- Litha (also known as Midsummer) occurs on the summer solstice, and celebrates the beginning of summer.
- June 26 – Pride Day
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBTQ+) Pride Day in the United States happens on the last Sunday of June. It celebrates the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.
- June 28 – Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots
- The Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ+ community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood in New York City. When police raided the Stonewall Inn, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.
- French-American Heritage Month
- July is designated National French-American Heritage Month in the United States to recognize the important contributions made to the U.S. by Americans of French descent.
Selected Daily Observances
- July 4 – Independence Day
- Independence Day (also known as the Fourth of July), a United States federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The original 13 American colonies declared independence from Britain and established themselves as a new nation known as the United States of America.
- July 9 – Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)
- This holiday commemorates the 1850 execution of the co-founder of the Baha'i faith, the Báb, in Persia. It is one of nine holy days during which work and school is suspended.
- July 14 - International Non-Binary People’s Day
- International Non-Binary People’s Day is aimed at raising awareness and organizing around the issues faced by non-binary people around the world while celebrating their contributions.
- July 14 – Bastille Day
- Bastille Day is a French federal holiday that commemorates the Storming of the Bastille, a fortress-prison in Paris that held political prisoners who had displeased the French nobility. The Storming of the Bastille, which took place on July 14, 1789, is regarded as a turning point of the French Revolution. Celebrations are held throughout France and internationally.
- July 18 – International Nelson Mandela Day
- Nelson Mandela International Day, launched on July 18, 2009, in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday via unanimous decision of the U.N. General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices: “It is in your hands now.” It is more than a celebration of Mandela’s life and legacy; it is a global movement to honor his life’s work and to change the world for the better.
- July 17-18 Tisha B’Av (sundown to sundown)
- Tisha B’Av commemorates the destruction of the First Temple in 423 BCE and the Second Temple in CE in Jerusalem. Tisha B’Av is a Jewish holy day and begins at sundown on July 18.
- July 19 -20– Eid al-Adha (sundown to sundown)
- Eid al-Adha is a holiday in Islam to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah's (God's) command to sacrifice his son, Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe this event.
- July 23 – Haile Selassie I Birthday (Rastafarian)
- July 23 is the birthday of Haile Selassie I, the former Emperor of Ethiopia whom the Rastafarians consider to be their savior.
- July 24 – Pioneer Day (Mormon)
- July 26– Disability Independence Day
- Disability Independence Day celebrates the anniversary of the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- July 30– International Day of Friendship
- International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the U.N. General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
- July 30 – 1st of Muharram (Islamic New Year)
- The 1st of Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic New Year, observing the start of the year 1444 in the Islamic (Hijri) Calendar. The first month of the calendar is Muharram, a holy month beginning at sundown.
Selected Daily Observances:
- August 7-8 - Ashura (sundown to sundown)
- Ashura is a Muslim holy day observed on the 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. Among Sunnis, Ashura is commemorated as the day that Allah (God) parted the Red Sea for Musa (Moses) and his followers to escape from the pharaoh; for Shi’ah Muslims, the 10th of Muharram is the day on which Al-Husayn bin Ali, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammed, was killed in the Battle of Karbala in 680 CE - a time to reflect martyrdom.
- August 9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
- August 9 is designated International Day of the World’s Indigenous People in the United States and abroad. On International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, campuses raise awareness and advocate for protecting indigenous peoples’ rights worldwide. Learn more about the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
- August 11 – Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)
- Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu holiday commemorating the loving kinship between a brother and sister. “Raksha” means “protection” in Hindi and symbolizes the longing a sister has to be protected by her brother. During the celebration, a sister ties a string around her brother’s (or brother-figure’s) wrist and asks him to protect her. The brother usually gives the sister a gift and agrees to protect her for life.
- August 12 – Hungry Ghost Festival
- The Hungry Ghost Festival is a Chinese holiday where street, market, and temple ceremonies take place to honor dead ancestors and appease other spirits.
- August 13-15 – Obon (Ullambana)
- Obon is an annual three-day Buddhist festival and Japanese custom for honoring the spirits of ancestors. Depending on the region, Obon may be observed July 13-15.
- August 13 – Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
- Black Women’s Equal Pay Day aims to raise awareness about the wider-than-average pay gap between Black women and White men. As of June 2022, statistics show that Black women are paid 58 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
- August 17 – Marcus Garvey Day
- Marcus Garvey Day, which celebrates the birthday of the Jamaican politician and activist who is revered by Rastafarians. Garvey is credited with starting the Back to Africa movement, which encouraged those of African descent to return to the land of their ancestors during and after slavery in North America.
- August 18-19 – Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
- Krishna Janmashtami is a Hindu celebration of Lord Vishnu’s most powerful human incarnations, Krishna, the god of love and compassion. Celebrations include praying and fasting.
- August 19 – World Humanitarian Day
- Every August 19, the world commemorates humanitarian workers killed or injured while working to provide critical and often life-saving support, relief, and protection to people in need.
- August 23 – International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition and the anniversary of the uprising in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) that initiated the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean.
- August 26– Women’s Equality Day
- Women’s Equality Day commemorates the August 26, 1920, certification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote. Congresswoman Bella Abzug first introduced a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day in 1971. Since that time, every president has published a proclamation recognizing August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.