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U.S. Celebrates Women’s Contributions to the World Every March

Each year, the president issues a proclamation calling on all citizens to observe March as National Women’s History Month, as well as a separate proclamation on International Women’s Day, March 8. The worldwide celebration, begun in 1975 by the United Nations, recognizes women’s achievements, highlights issues of common concern and [...]

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Rosa Parks Honored with Statue at U.S. Capitol

On February 27, 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama and congressional leaders gathered in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall to unveil a statue of Rosa Parks. Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was born on February 4, 1913. In 1955, she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery (Alabama) bus to a [...]

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Presidents Day: Honoring U.S. Presidents Washington and Lincoln

U.S. Holidays Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays of both President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. Many Americans [...]

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Black History Month Honors Legacy of Struggle and Triumph

Each February, Black History Month honors the struggles and triumphs of millions of American citizens over the most devastating obstacles — slavery, prejudice, poverty — as well as their contributions to the nation’s cultural and political life. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, African Americans make up about 14 percent [...]

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