Sep 1510 Facts About National Hispanic Heritage Month
Did you know that Hispanic Heritage Month was first introduced by California Congressman George E. Brown in 1968? Originally recognized as a commemorative week, U.S. Representative Esteban E. Torres, also from California, proposed to expand the national observance to one month.
In 1989, then-President George W. Bush declared September 15 – October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Check out these 10 facts about National Hispanic Heritage Month:
- President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first Hispanic Heritage Week after Congress passed Public Law 90-48.
- National Hispanic Heritage Month begins in the middle of September because many Latin American countries observe their Independence Day on September 15.
- According to the U.S. Census, 1 in 5 people in the United States identify as Hispanic/Latino (or 6 million people).
- Hispanics make up the largest minority group in the United States.
- Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories and cultures of American citizens whose ancestors came from Central and South America, Mexico, Spain, and the Caribbean.
- 13 states have a population of at least one million Hispanic residents.
- Ellen Ochoa became the first Latina astronaut in space in 1991. Two years later, she brought her flute to play on the Space Shuttle Discovery.
- Roberto Clemente was the first Hispanic American baseball player to win a World Series and the first Latino elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated across the country through various celebrations including, parades, art shows, festivals, and community gatherings.
- Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States (Second to the English language).
How You Can Celebrate:
- Read books written by Hispanic/Latino authors. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Junot Diaz, and Isabelle Allende are three of the most celebrated Hispanic/Latino writers.
- Invite friends and family over and get the popcorn ready for a movie night featuring flicks by Hispanic/Latino directors including Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón.
- Attend a cultural parade or celebration in your region.
For more information on National Hispanic History Month, please visit https://www.hispanicmonth.net/
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