Cultural Celebrations & Days of Recognition

Washington County cultural celebrations and resource pages are a starting point for our collective organizational learning. They’re planned and organized by passionate staff who volunteer for cultural heritage month committees in addition to their official work. If you’re curious about the presentations you see here or would like to be involved in the planning of cultural celebrations at Washington County, please email equity@co.washington.or.us

Black History Month (February)

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Black History Month pays “tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.” Black History Month Celebrations at the County are currently coordinated by Marcus Ford

Asian American and Pacific Islander Month (May)

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Month pays “tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.” AAPI Month celebrations at the County are currently coordinated by Marcus Ford.

Pride Month (June)

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Pride Month is a “month-long celebration demonstrating how LGBTQ Americans have strengthened our country, by using their talent and creativity to help create awareness and goodwill.” Pride Month celebrations at the County are currently coordinated by Highland Edelman.

Juneteenth (June 19th)

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Juneteenth is the “oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.” It is also the most recent day to be designated as a federal holiday (designated as a holiday by Congress on June 16, 2021). Juneteenth at the County is currently coordinated by Marcus Ford.

Latino/a/x/ Hispanic Heritage Month  (September 15 – October 15)

Latino/a/x Hispanic Heritage Month “traditionally honors the cultures and contributions  of both  Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin  American countries.” Latino/a/x Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations at the County are  currently coordinated by Christina Barboza.

Native American Heritage Month (November)

Native American Heritage Month celebrates the “rich and diverse cultures,  traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native  people.” Native American Heritage month celebrations at the County are currently being  coordinated by Christina Barboza.

Transgender Awareness Week (13th – 20th)

“The week before Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, people and  organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help  raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community  face.” Transgender Awareness Week at the County is currently coordinated by Highland Edelman.