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Diversity Spotlight

Diversity Spotlight

MCHR Diversity Spotlight – February 2021
African American History Month

Celebrate African American History Month with fellow Missourians at an event near you:

Western Missouri

Central Missouri

Eastern Missouri

  • Please join the St. Louis County Library for its 2021 Black History Celebration. All events for the Celebration will be held virtually. The Keynote Address will be on Thursday, February 11, at 7 p.m. On the agenda is a conversation with suspense author Rachel Howzell Hall, as well as the award presentation for the Franki Freeman Inspirational award, to be presented to James Clark. Please visit the website for more details of this special event.
  • Please join the Missouri History Museum for its Black History Month Celebration 2021. There will be a series of virtual Black History Month events this February, including discussions of black literature, talks about black artists, and conversations concerning black heritage in Missouri. For more information on this celebration and for a complete list of events, please visit the website.
  • The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) presents Lift Every Voice: Black History Month Celebration. On February 19 at 7:30 p.m., the SLSO and IN UNISON Chorus celebrate African American culture through reflective and soulful music. This cherished tradition shares music that has shaped St. Louis and communities around the world. For more information on this special event, please visit the SLSO website.

Learn more at the following Black History Month resources:

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. Commonly referred to as the Spring Festival, it begins on the new moon that appears between January 21 and February 20. The Chinese calendar uses the Chinese zodiac to assign each year an animal and that animal’s reputed attributes. This year is the year of the Ox, and the first day of the Lunar New Year falls on February 12, 2021. For more information about this celebration, please visit some of the following links:

  • Check out the Lunar New Year Festival website for information on the Lunar New Year in St. Louis. While there are no events currently on the calendar, this resource will be helpful to plan your celebrations in the years to come.
  • Visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to tour its Chinese Collection. Featuring more than 7,000 works from every phase of China’s artistic activity, the Nelson-Atkins’s collection is one of the finest collections in the west. Visit the website for more information.
  • Find out general information about Lunar New Year so you can celebrate in your own home! On this website, you can find out what foods, drinks, and snacks are generally consumed during the celebration. You can also find out information on the history of the event, what clothes are traditionally worn, and the mythology behind Lunar New Year.

MCHR Contact

Missouri Commission on Human Rights
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P.O. Box 1129
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1129
Phone: 573-751-3325
Toll-Free Complaint Hotline: 1-877-781-4236
Relay Missouri: 711
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TDD)
Fax: 573-751-2905
mchr@labor.mo.gov