September 15, 2022

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Starting September 15, 2022, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, which lasts until October 15, 2002. 

Unlike other cultural heritage months which usually run the course of a full month, Hispanic heritage month starts in the middle of the month on the 15th because this is a day that marks the independence of several Latin American countries.  Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence from Spain on September 15. Additionally, Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18.

California Congressman George E. Brown was the first to propose the idea to Congress in 1968. In September 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the observance of Hispanic Heritage Week, which was consequently lengthened to a month by President Ronald Reagan in August 1988.

In September 1989, President George H.W. Bush was the first president to declare that Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 would be Hispanic Heritage Month, saying "Nurtured by their rich ethnic heritage and inspired by their faith in the principles upon which this country was founded, Hispanic Americans have continued to make their mark across the country and in virtually every aspect of American life."

This year, the theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is "Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation." The theme "encourages us to ensure that all voices are represented and welcomed to help build stronger communities and a stronger nation.”

Please click on the link to read stories about notable Latino Americans, as well as find out about events happening around our area.

Dr. Kim