September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month!
Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually from September 15 to October 15. It’s a time to appreciate and celebrate the colorful cultures, rich histories, and diversity of the American Latino community.
Hispanic Heritage Month started with one week of commemoration when it was first introduced by Congressman George E. Brown in June 1968. With the civil rights movement, the need to recognize the contributions of the Latin community gained traction in the 1960’s. Two heavily Latinx and Hispanic populated areas, the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles, were represented by Brown. His aim was to recognize the integral roles of these communities in American history. Observation of Hispanic Heritage Week started in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was extended to a 30-day celebration by President Ronald Regan in 1988.
September 15 is set as the starting date for the celebration as it is the independence anniversary for Latin American countries El Salvador, Guatemala, Cost Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras. The independence days of Mexico and Chile fall on September 16 and 18 respectively.
Hispanic Americans have been integral to the prosperity of the U.S. and their contributions to the nation are immeasurable. The Hispanic-American community has left an enduring mark on the U.S. culture and economy.
The national theme for Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 is Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation. The theme and associated image reinforce the need to ensure diverse voices and perspectives are welcomed in decision-making processes, thereby helping to build stronger communities and a stronger nation.
You can learn all about Hispanic Heritage Month by visiting https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov.