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Special Observances.

Special observances were designed for the purpose of providing cultural awareness to everyone. Commemorative activities conducted for these observances should be educational and employment-related.

The following are Special Emphasis Observances implemented by Presidential Proclamation, Executive Orders and Public Law . 

The birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; African American Heritage; Women's History; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month; Asian Pacific Americans; Women's Equality Day; Hispanic Americans; Disability Employment Awareness Month; American Indian/Alaskan Native Heritage and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.  

Each month the page will be updated to reflect information relative to that months special observance.

 February 2018 is Black History Month

The theme for this year is:

African Americans in Times of War

Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time to recognize the immeasurable impact they have had on the history of the United States. The 2018 theme is: African Americans in Times of War. The theme commemorates the centennial of the end of the First World War in 1918. The annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans is associated with Dr. Carter G. Woodson. In 1915, Dr. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson said, “We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.” In 1926, Dr. Woodson initiated the celebration of Negro History Week, which encompassed the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. On military installations around the world, the Department of Defense joins in paying tribute to African Americans’ contributions to protecting the nation and enriching our culture. Throughout America’s history, from the Battle of Lexington to the Battle for Fallujah to today, Black Service Members have a rich tradition of honorably answering the call to duty, serving with great valor and distinction in America’s Armed Forces.



'We Can Be a Better Country If We Know These Stories.’ The Complicated History of African Americans in the Military

* The link above is to the Time Magazine article for Black History Month 2018


Austin Peay State University also proudly has the  Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center located in the Clement Building directly across from the Morgan University Center.

The center has events through the academic year where all students, regardless of race, can gain an appreciation for the African heritage and experience of African American people.

APSU also has several events through this month to celebrate Black History. Follow this link

Activities slated for Black History Month; Most events free, open to public