By respecting and appreciating the diversity within our LRCD communities, we can empower everyone to live their best life and promote equity and justice for all of our residents. We hope you enjoy these monthly emails with resources and events that help you learn about and celebrate the beauty in our differences, while acknowledging our shared humanity.
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
Here are some great resources to help you and your family celebrate!
National Museum of the American Latino
Hispanic Heritage Month Resources | National Museum of the American Latino (si.edu)
PBS Hispanic & Latino Heritage Month
What to Watch: Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month | PBS
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
8 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic & Latino Heritage Month (bgca.org