Since 1968, The United States has celebrated Hispanic Heritage, starting with Hispanic Heritage Week as declared by President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, President Ronald Regan expanded the celebration from September 15th to October 15th. The month is meant to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
The Smithsonian Institute Learning Lab website features a great list that highlights why and how Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated. Additionally, the Smithsonian Latino Center website currently highlights stories of Latino achievement and virtual art and visual exhibitions. Check out PBS online for an expansive gallery of Hispanic Heritage video clips and features. Lastly, the UNLV Libraries provides great resources for Afro-Latinx history and resources.
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