Celebrate Diversity

JUNE 2021
Pride Month

Pride Month is celebrated every June in tribute to those involved in the Stonewall Riots in June of 1969. It is a time for everyone to embrace who they are and let the world know. Commemorations and memorials are also held for members of the community who have lost their lives to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS. Campaigns and rallies aim to promote and preserve the history and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

At Ibis, all staff members participate in mandatory Cultural Competency Training, facilitated by Compass. We are also proud to be a preferred vender of Equally Wed!

"When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free." - Barack Obama

For more information, check out these additional resources:
Library of Congress-Pride Month
The Palm Beaches Florida: Pride Market


Juneteenth (June 19)

Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It is also known as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX, and announced the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery.

Although the Emancipation Proclamation came two-and-a-half years earlier on January 1, 1863, many slave owners continued to hold their slaves captive after the announcement, so Juneteenth became a symbolic date representing African American freedom.

Celebrate Juneteenth by learning more about it's history and beginnings, or by attending a local event.

For more information, check out these additional resources:
Juneteenth: Fact Sheet
Juneteenth Unity X Black Excellence Festival



MAY 2021
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

At Ibis, we pride ourselves in the diversity, equity and inclusion of our Membership and staff. This month we are celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month!

This month, we bring special attention to API heritage and history, and to the API communities within Ibis and beyond our gates.

Did You Know Fruit carving is thought to have originated in China and is particularly popular in Thailand, China, and Japan! Ibis includes these API inspired displays at a variety of events, most recently our Mother's Day Brunch and our Cooking Demonstration with Chef Jerome Nicolas.

The Palm Beaches Florida shared some local ideas about how you can learn more about API communities and support their businesses:  

"Immerse yourself in Japanese culture at Delray Beach's Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, which recognizes a long-standing connection between Japan and The Palm Beaches. This connection dates to 1904 when Jo Sakai led a small group of farmers to pioneer a settlement in what is now northern Boca Raton. They named their colony the Yamato Colony after an ancient name for Japan. The settlement was short-lived and the pioneers began dispersing in the 1920s, but today's Morikami celebrates and honors that history by continuing to share Japanese culture with the public.

On Tuesday, May 25 at 2 p.m., the West Boynton Branch of the Palm Beach County Library System is hosting a public digital activity. "Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month - A Showcase of Asian Culture and Poetry Reading" starts at 2 p.m. The State Library and Archives of Florida has also collected an online exhibit featuring stories of Asian-Pacific impact on the state.

The Palm Beaches are also home to AAPI businesses and restaurants that you can patronize throughout the year. Some local favorites include: Singing Bamboo Chinese Restaurant in West Palm Beach; Aroma and Indus, both serving Indian cuisine in West Palm Beach; Kuya Henry's Restobar, a Filipino restaurant in Lake Worth Beach; Leila Restaurant and Agora Kitchen, featuring Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes in West Palm Beach; and Moon Thai & Japanese Restaurant with locations in Boca Raton and Royal Palm Beach."

Additional Resources:

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2021 (asianpacificheritage.gov)

City Of West Palm Beach To Observe Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage Month In May | West Palm Beach, FL Patch

Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month at the Morikami | The Palm Beaches Florida

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (pbs.org)