What is Hispanic Heritage Month? What is it to be Hispanic? To be Latinx?
Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month is a time of great significance for the Hispanic and Latinx community, as well as for Americans as a whole. This month-long celebration is an opportunity to reflect on the rich histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation of Hispanic Heritage Month has a long and interesting history. It was initially established as a week-long celebration in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson. Later, in 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration to cover a 30-day period, starting from September 15 and ending on October 15. This time frame was chosen because it includes the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Throughout the year, it is important to continue to learn about the Hispanic and Latinx community and their contributions to American society. By doing so, we can gain a greater appreciation for the diversity and richness of American culture, and work towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all.
Use this guide to find resources and learn more about this amazing community!