April 2024
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
1Birthday of Frida Berrigan (1974): Activist and columnist for Waging Nonviolence
2National Day of Prayer (U.S.)
4International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
7World Health Day
8Feast of the Annunciation
Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Rwandan Genocide
9-10Eid-al-Fitr (Muslim Festival of Breaking of the Fast, U.S.)
10Birthday of Dolores Huerta (1930): Labor leader and civil rights activist who, with César Chávez, founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became United Farm Workers
12International Day for Street Children
13Birthday of Amy Goodman (1957): Host and executive producer of Democracy Now!
15World Art Day
Income Tax Day in the U.S.
16Martin Luther King, Jr. writes “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” (1963)
17Birthday of Loung Ung (1970): American-Cambodian human rights activist, author, and the national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World
21Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Easter Bombings (2019)
Birthday of Helen Prejean, C.S.J. (1939): Leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty
22Earth Day
Passover begins at sundown on April 22 and ends at sundown on April 30:
Orthodox, Hasidic, and other Jews in the Diaspora will celebrate the holiday as 8 days ending on Sunday, April 30
25Birthday of Charlene Teters (1952): Native American artist, educator, and lecturer known for her activism against racism in sports and media on behalf of native peoples
26Birthday of Joan Chittister, O.S.B. (1936): Author and renowned international lecturer on social justice, women’s issues, and spirituality in the church and society
Anniversary of the assassination of Bishop Juan José Gerardi (1922-1998): Human rights defender, assassinated two days after announcing the release of the report on victims of the Guatemalan Civil War, “Guatemala: Nunca Más!”
27Canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II
Day of Silence: Annual day of action to protest harassment of LGBT people
28Birthday of Oskar Schindler (1908 -1974): German spy and member of the Nazi Party who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust
29International Dance Day
Feast of St. Catherine of Siena: Patroness of illness, nurses, and fire prevention
World Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
30Anniversary of the death of Daniel Berrigan, S.J. (1921-2016): Vietnam war protester and peace activist
International Jazz Day