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Heritage Months

Heritage months are cultural celebrations to help better explain the stories and histories of each ethnic culture. These cultural celebrations provide an opportunity to recognize the complete richness of each cultural identity. At Texas A&M, different cultural councils provide spaces to teach and learn about cultural history and examine ways in which these cultures are viewed within American discourse.

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month is a month to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian/Pacific Americans have made to American history, society and culture. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 — the majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. The Asian President’s Council along with other organizations host community events during APIDA Heritage Month.

Black History Month

The Black Student Alliance Council (BSAC) along with several other campus and community entities host events for the annual campus recognition and celebration of Black History Month. Campus and community attendees experience the importance and impact of Black history and leave with the contention that Black history is American history.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is the period to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The Hispanic Presidents Council (HPC) along with other organizations on our campus and community host events during Hispanic Heritage Month.