Dr. Christina Greer (115266)
Dr. Christina Greer

October is upon us. Fall is officially here and the crisp in the air reminds us of the seasons changing, winter lurking just in the distance, and before we know it, the close of yet another year. Is it me or does time seem to speed up each year?

October is always such a unique month. The leaves are changing and summer is officially over (for the East Coast folks at least). As kids prepare for Halloween, some stores are setting up for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The arrival of fall always seems so sudden, as if I am still getting sand out of my hair. Regardless, it’s a joy to begin to blast Ella Fitzgerald’s “Autumn in New York” and Nat King Cole’s “Autumn Leaves” to get me prepared for the weeks ahead…before the real cold and snow arrive.

I have also begun to observe the dedicated remembrances given to each month. For the month of October, groups are celebrating: Breast Cancer Awareness, Down Syndrome Awareness, Dyslexia Awareness, Emotional Wellness, Global Diversity Awareness, LGBT History, Long Term Care Planning, National ADD/ADHD Awareness, Domestic Violence Awareness, Tackling Hunger, and World Menopause Month…to name just a few.

There are quite a few categories to celebrate in October. Some of the more obscure and/or fun acknowledgements in October range from Bat Appreciation, National Apple, National Bake and Decorate, National Book, National Dessert, National Fire Prevention, Go on a Field Trip, Pizza, Pretzel, and Roller Skating Month. 

It is important for us to take time out of our hectic schedules and learn something new about a cause or topic we know little about or spend the time learning more about an issue near to our hearts. I for one know I need to know more about tools to help maintain emotional wellness as we navigate a never-ending COVID world. I also want to honor my LGBT loved ones and learn more about trailblazing LGBT identifying folks. It is also important I educate myself and others about the risks of breast cancer, especially for Black women, a group disproportionately affected and killed by breast cancer.

Of course, I can also use October as an excuse to indulge in pizza, pretzels, and dessert. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I do love pretzels and pizza! I’m already thinking of a field trip I can take this month, maybe to a museum or a play or just play hookie one day and walk around the park. Whatever adventure we choose, the month of October is encouraging us to take part in it. I will admit, I think I’ve aged out of roller skating though. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about all of the celebrations in October, go to www.nationaldaycalendar.com/october-monthly-observations/ 

Christina Greer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Fordham University, the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream,” and the co-host of the podcast FAQ-NYC and host of The Blackest Questions podcast at TheGrio.

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  1. Good evening,
    My name is Doreen Winfield and I would like to get a copy of the AMS Newspaper 10/6/2022 – 10/12/2022. This paper s the only I missed. Can you tell me how I can read it in the Archives. Your time and consideration is appreciated it.

    Doreen Winfield

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