In January, we come together to honor and celebrate the diversity of our community. We commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 15 and International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27. These monthly recognitions reflect our commitment to fostering a sense of belonging. Our goal is to create a community where every member feels valued, heard, and empowered. To learn more about these recognitions, read our blog post on how and why we acknowledge.
Learn about the history of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The National Museum of African American History & Culture details the 15 year battle to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a holiday.
Accurately represent Dr. King’s commitment to social justice: Learning for Justice details the ways that teachers can avoid “a sanitized narrative” about Dr. King’s work, and accurately represent and teach his “more radical approach to justice” which requires antiracist action and not colorblind neutrality.
Teach the complexity of Dr. King’s work:
Learn about the origin of International Holocaust Remembrance Day: The Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp was liberated on January 27, 1945. The United Nations first recognized the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust as January 27, 2005.
Accurately represent the Holocaust’s victims:
The Holocaust Encyclopedia offers a series of articles and resources on Nazi racial ideology, exploring the full range of targeted groups, including Jews, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals. (Please note that some images may be upsetting.)
Teach the complexity of the Holocaust:
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