Hispanic (LATINO) Heritage Month:
According to the U.S. Census, “In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, which was observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month long celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15). America celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.”
Wal-Mart HHM comercial
For me, Hispanic Heritage Month and/or Latino Heritage Month means that the United States is allowing US to showcase our people and it is up to US to make sure we’re screaming the entire time. During this month we should research the local HHM festivals and gatherings, watch the HHM TV specials and take it upon ourselves to further educate ourselves on the significant impact that we, as a collective group, have on this country.
I would like to take this time to ask you all to contribute to Being Latino on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/beinglatino) and share information with us relevant to YOUR country of origin. I try my best to include as much as possible, but I am still only one person. If you want to see more Puerto Rican history, then post it… educate us! If you want to expose athletes from Argentina, poets from Chile, musicians from Nicaragua… then take the it upon yourself to provide it to the page. Although I have volunteered myself as the point person to coordinate this group, it is not mine, it is all 17,800+ of yours!
Latino Heritage Month is something that we truly need to recognize as our time to shine. Do not let this month slip away from you, take advantage mi gente!
La Bruja: Caridad De La Luz