How can your local government celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?
Rolando Fernandez Jr., President
Local Government Hispanic Network
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is upon us and there are many ways local governments can recognize the many contributions of Latinos/Hispanics in your communities during this month. Latinos/Hispanics are the nation’s largest ethnic or race minority in the U.S. accounting for 18% of the population as of 2016. Many local governments have much larger and growing Latino/Hispanic populations.
Hispanic Heritage Week was initiated by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and expanded to a month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. The dates were chosen because September 15 is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua), three other countries also celebrate their independence in the this month (Mexico, Chile and Belize), and Columbus Day or Día de La Raza is on October 12.
Local governments can celebrate the month in many ways including:
Inviting speakers to discuss the history of Latino/Hispanics in your local community,
Hosting cultural celebrations exhibiting the food and arts of Latin American countries,
Highlighting historical or famous Latino/Hispanics through communication methods such as websites and social media,
Supporting/partnering with local nonprofits hosting cultural celebrations,
Promoting a reading campaign in libraries highlighting Latino/Hispanic authors,
Displaying in community facilities art of Latino/Hispanic artists or historical photographs of Latinos/Hispanics in your community, and
Issuing a proclamation from the local governing body acknowledging the importance of the month.
As our population in the U. S. grows more diverse, our communities should find ways to embrace and celebrate our diversity throughout the year.
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