International Day for Tolerance

International Day of Tolerance is a holiday whose purpose is to raise public awareness about the dangers of intolerance. It’s a day on which people are encouraged to not only learn about different cultures but also take the time to appreciate them.

It’s also a day on which people are encouraged to learn about respecting the rights and beliefs of others. On this day, educators can also take the time to teach empathy, compassion, human rights, and non-violent approaches to resolving interpersonal issues. This day is observed annually on November 16th, and its importance continues to grow every year.

The History of International Day of Tolerance

International Day of Tolerance was founded by the adoption of UN General Assembly Resolution 51/95. This proclamation established November 16 as the International Day for Tolerance. Since its inception during the mid-1990s, it has been observed by people all over the world.

Books That Promote Diversity & Tolerance

If you’re looking for some books that can spark empathy in either yourself or your children, then you might want to consider some of the following books on diversity and tolerance:

  • Mixed Me by Taye Diggs
  • The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  • Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective by Octavia Spencer
  • Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  • The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright

Observing International Day of Tolerance

On this day, people take the time to discuss issues surrounding intolerance and educate others about the importance of embracing tolerance. It’s also a day on which people can reflect on times when they were intolerant, so they can change future behavior.

It’s also a good day to educate students on the importance of tolerance and how intolerance has caused many of the problems experienced throughout human history. It’s also a good day to read books or watch movies about intolerance.

Books that include To Kill a Mockingbird or movies such as Mississippi Burning or American History X. If you want to share this holiday with the world, you can also use the hashtag #InternationalDayForTolerance on your social media accounts.

When is it?
This year (2024)
November 16 Saturday
Next year (2025)
November 16 Sunday
Last year (2023)
November 16 Thursday
Awareness & Cause, Culture & History, United Nations