What is Hispanic Heritage Month?
National Hispanic Heritage Month began as Hispanic Heritage Week in June of 1968 when California Congressman George E. Brown introduced it to celebrate the cultures, histories, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Spain. In 1988, it was expanded to 31 days from September 15 – October 15 and enacted into law as a national observance. September 15th was selected as the first day of the 31-day observance because it is the anniversary of independence for many Latin American countries and others who celebrate their independence during these 31 days. National Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate, learn about, and appreciate the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans in our country.
How can I celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?
Everyone can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, regardless of their ethnic identity. This is a great time to learn more, get involved, build relationships, gain understanding, and show appreciation for the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx people in the United States. The theme for this year is Prosperity, Power, and Progress, which recognizes the achievements of the Hispanic and Latinx communities in economics and politics. So, how can you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? See below for some ideas!