Happy Hispanic Heritage Month Everyone!!!
So, today, September 15th begins the month long celebration of “Hispanic” heritage and the contributions of “Latinos” to the United States.
Nowwwww, there are so many issues with that statement, right? What’s the difference between Hispanic and Latino? And any historian would remind us that parts of America, used to be part of Latin America, specifically Mexico. But, we’re not going to get into that in this post.
This post, is the Fast 5; the who, what, when, where, and why of Hispanic Heritage Month. So let’s go!
First, do you know why HHM begins on September 15th?
September 15th is the celebrated day of Independence for the countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates their independence on September 16th (not Cinco de Mayo). Chile celebrates on September 18th and Belize on September 21st.
Within this month long focus on Latin America, “Dia de la Raza” is also observed. It happens on October 12th. It’s Latin America’s Columbus Day celebration.
Yeahhhhhh, we’ll talk about this later.
How and when did HHM come about? And who initiated the federal observance?
Representative Edward R. Roybal of Los Angeles established legislation to celebrate Hispanic Heritage week in 1968. President Lyndon B. Johnson co signed that, the week was then expanded to a month under Ronald Regan in 1988 after the legislation was proposed by representative Esteban E. Torres from Pico Rivera California.
What are we supposed to be doing this month?
Celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
…there’s somebody missing….but…alright. I’ll leave it alone…for now.
So there you have it. Our not so fast 5. Which, in actuality, may have left us with more questions than answers.
But don’t fret. We have 30 days, to dig through our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. And we here at CREAD, will be digging for our African ancestry while we celebrate the vast tapestry of culture and community that make up ….”hispanic”…”latinos”….
We got work to do, yall!
Deep thinkers only!