- May - Jewish American Heritage Month
- May - Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
- June - PRIDE Month
- June - African-American Music Appreciation Month
In 1891, Baron Hirsch supported the settlement of Jewish farmers in CT. Many of the 5000 families settled in Eastern CT (Ellington, Somers, Vernon etc.). To read more about this click here.
In 1913, the Congregation Knesseth Israel synagogue was built and was originally located at the corner of Middle Road and Abbott Rd. In 1954, the building was moved to its current location on Pinney St. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
-Arsenic and Adobo by Mia Manansala
-First Comes Like by Alisha Rai
-If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
-We Are Not Free by Traci Cee
-Things We Lost To The Water by Eric Nguyen
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots, and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans.
Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
Federal and local policies and practices are increasingly acknowledging and focusing on LGBTQ youth and numerous national advocacy and other organizations are also giving greater attention to LGBTQ youth in their work. Encouraging greater acceptance and support for all youth, including those who are or are perceived to be LGBTQ, will make communities, schools, and other settings safer, better places for all youth. (youth.gov)
Children's Resources (Website and Books)
Rainbow - A First Book of Pride
Julian is a Mermaid
Jack, Not Jackie
My Princess Boy
Jacob's New Dress
A Fire Engine for Ruthie
And Tango Makes Three
Love Makes a Family
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
Influential Members of the LGBTQ+ Community
African-American Music Appreciation Month
African-American Music Appreciation Month is the annual celebration of African-American music in the United States. It was initiated as Black Music Month by President Jimmy Carter who, on June 7, 1979, decreed that June would be the month of black music.
In 2009, President Barack Obama further defined June as African American Music Appreciation month declaring the start of summer as a celebration of all the black “musicians, composers, singers and songwriters [who] have had enormous contributions to our culture.” In his 2016 proclamation, President Obama noted that African-American music and musicians have helped the country “to dance, to express our faith through song, to march against injustice, and to defend our country’s enduring promise of freedom and opportunity for all.” Derived from https://dstbx.org/african-american-music-appreciation-month/
First came the Blues, rooted in African spirituals and work songs from the time of slavery. Then ragtime brought recognition to musicians like Scott Joplin. The rise of jazz in the 1920s helped bridge racial gaps as an art form enjoyed by people of all origins.
The beats and sounds of these genres then influenced rock, soul, gospel, swing, be-bop, boogie-woogie, and so many more! Many famous rock artists, including the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, credit the Blues and jazz as major influences. Several of Elvis Presley’s songs were originally by Black artists. In more recent decades, funk, motown, and hip-hop gained popularity, bringing with them new styles of dance and song. Derived from https://www.hoffmanacademy.com/blog/african-american-music-appreciation-month/
What music genres came from black culture?
negro spiritual, gospel, rumba, blues, bomba, rock and roll, rock, jazz, salsa, R&B, samba, calypso, soul, cumbia, funk, ska, reggae, dub reggae, house, Detroit techno, hip hop, pop, gqom, afrobeat, and others.
The Birth of Black Music Month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j66ENeM1_Y
Black Music Month; Music Mix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkYKFYTPSpg