(Last Updated On: November 7, 2022)


National Decency Day on May 14th celebrates the basic standard of civility that every American deserves. DECENCY is a non-partisan grassroots movement launched to inspire decency in everyday life – in both conversations and actions. By raising awareness, the movement aims to encourage schools and local community groups to embrace DECENCY and integrate it into both curriculum plans and service projects.

DECENCY is all about:
Active listening
Better understanding

Decency offers an opportunity to be better role models for our children. If we can all be civil with one another, we are setting the right example.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDecencyDay

On National Decency Day, mindfully listen while someone is talking to you.  Appreciate another person’s point of view, and the respect will be returned. Act and react with civility.

  • Start a conversation with, “What does Decency mean to you?”
  • Order DECENCY buttons and stickers to wear and share.
  • Encourage your school or local association to become a DECENCY partner.
  • Use #NationalDecencyDay to share on social media.
  • For more information on DECENCY visit


Lisa Cholnoky, a New York City-based parent and graphic designer, established National Decency Day in 2019 continuing a dialogue sparked by her motivation two years prior. The day addresses the divisive public discourse around her, as well as in the news and on social media. Determined to make a difference, Cholnoky set out to bring decency back into everyday conversations and actions. Initially, Cholnoky designed the DECENCY button and wore it every day. The impact was immediate; the message contagious.

In July 2017, DECENCY and 535 DECENCY buttons were mailed to each member of the U.S. Congress. In September 2017, DECENCY was recognized on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, encouraging both sides to reach across the aisle with civility and serve as role models for us all.

Since then, two schools in the country have incorporated DECENCY into their curriculums. They’ve engaged their local communities in the movement, too. This is a great opportunity for schools to energize students of all ages to treat everyone with respect and master the art of listening.

By raising awareness, the movement aims to encourage more participants to embrace DECENCY and integrate it into both curriculum plans and service projects.

For further information on Decency contact Lisa Cholnoky @

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Decency Day to be observed on May 14th annually.

May 14th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


Captain Meriwether Lewis, Lieutenant William Clark, and their crew depart on the Corps of Discovery.


Robert August Chesebrough trademarks Vaseline petroleum jelly.


St. Louis, Missouri hosts the first Olympic Games in the United States.


NASA launches the first U.S. space station, Skylab.

May 14th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Maria Smith Jones – 1918

Marie Smith Jones was the last native speaker of the Eyak language. She spoke the language fluently, and it was possible, through her, to create an Eyak dictionary with the help of the University of Alaska.

George Lucas – 1944

Best known for being a filmmaker before his time, George Lucas created the  Star Wars franchise when much of the technology didn’t exist to produce it. Lucas continues to push the boundaries of filmmaking with magical finesse.

Valerie Still – 1961

Valerie Still played professional basketball for 12 years in Italy. She also played one season with the Washington Mystics in the WNBA.

Mark Zuckerberg – 1984

In 2004 as a college student, Mark Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook, Inc. At the time, it was known as The Facebook.

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