Heritage Months

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month is a month to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian Pacific Islander Desi 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.

For more information, visit the Library of Congress.

APIDA Heritage Month at Texas A&M University

APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) Heritage Month is celebrated in April at Texas A&M University to allow students the opportunity to engage in festivities and educational programs before the end of the semester. The month is coordinated by the Asian Presidents’ Council (APC).

Check out the 2021 APIDA Heritage Calendar here.

If you have any questions about your event or APIDA Heritage Month, please contact the Asian Presidents’ Council (APC) at apc.tamu@gmail.com.

Black History Month

Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as “Negro History Week” and later as “Black History Month.” Although Blacks have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that the population ga