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Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrate

Hispanic Heritage Month


History of Hispanic Heritage Month

President Lyndon B. Johnson first introduced National Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. Congress expanded it from a week to a month long beginning in 1989, after it was amended into public law in 1988 during Ronald Reagan's presidency. In Presidential Proclamation 3869, available via the Library of Congress, President Johnson wrote, “Wishing to pay special tribute to the Hispanic tradition, and having in mind the fact that our five Central American neighbors celebrate their Independence Day on the fifteenth of September and the Republic of Mexico on the sixteenth, the Congress by House Joint Resolution 1299, has requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating the week including September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week.” On August 17, 1988, Congress passed a law to extend it into a month-long holiday during Ronald Reagan's presidency. The first Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated in 1989. Continue reading from Oprah Magazine

Why Does Hispanic Heritage Month Start in the Middle of September?

The festival now lasts from September 15 to October 15 every year, but it first started out as just a week long celebration of in 1968. Twenty years later, in 1988 it expanded to dedicate a whole four weeks for the celebration of being Hispanic.

The celebration starts in the middle of the month, as opposed to the end, because the 15th marks the independence days of five Latin America countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize follow shortly after, on the 16th, 18th and 21st. Hispanic Heritage Month “pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society,” according to the official website.  Continue reading from Time

How Can You Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this Year?

Whether you’re Hispanic, Latinx or an ally to both communities, you can commemorate the month with activities that will open up a new world of traditions and pastimes. Supporting a local business is as easy as enjoying a delicious to-go meal, like mangú from the Dominican Republic or sancocho from Panama. Otherwise, you can flip on the TV and watch a movie in Spanish or riveting documentary about Mexico’s history. While shopping online for your friend's birthday, consider visiting a Latinx Etsy shop to browse for goodies. Continue reading from Good Housekeeping

From our Collection

Link to Latinx Photography in the United States by Elizabeth Ferrer in the catalog
Link to Inventing Latinos by Laura E Gomez in the Catalog
Link to Why the Assembly Disbanded by Roberto Tejada in the catalog
Link to Thriving in the Fight: A Survival Manual for Latinas on the Front Lines of Change by Denise Padín Collazo in the catalog
Link to El Norte by Carrie Gibson in the Catalog
Link to Barrio America by AK Sandoval-Strausz in the Catalogg
Link to America Is Immigrants by Sara Novic in the Catalog
Link to Of Women and Salt: A Novel by Gabriela Garcia in the catalog
Link to Bird of Paradise by Raquel Cepeda in the Catalog
Link to Writing 50 Years (mas o Menos) Amongst the Gringos by Dr. Cintli in the catalog
Link to Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez in the catalog
Link to The Making of a Dream by Laura Wides-Muñoz in the Catalog
Link to Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia in the Catalog
Link to Violeta: A Novel by Isabel Allende in the catalog
Link to ¡Hola Papi! : how to come out in a Walmart parking lot and other life lessons by John Paul Brammer in the catalog
Link to Sabers and Utopias: visions of Latin America by Vargas Llosa in the catalog
Link to Finding LatinX: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity by Paola Ramos in the Catalog
Link to The Man Who Could Move Clouds by Ingrid Rojas Contreras in the catalog
Link to Latino Americans by Ray Suarez in Hoopla
Link to The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros in the catalog
Link to Ripped Apart: Unsettling Narratives of Transnational Migration by Vanessa de Veritch Woodside in the catalog
Link to My Broken Language: a memoir by Quiara Alegría Hudes in the catalog