Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the U.S. Latinx and Hispanic communities. The event, which spans from September 15 to October 15, commemorates how those communities have influenced and contributed to American society at large.
The American Hispanic/Latinx history is a rich, diverse and long one, with immigrants, refugees and Spanish-speaking or indigenous people living in the United States since long before the nation was established. From early Spanish colonialism to civil and worker rights laws to famous firsts to recent Supreme Court decisions on immigration, here’s a timeline of notable events in U.S. Hispanic and Latinx history.
National Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation - By President Barack Obama in 2009
WASHINGTON, July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. In 1989, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) of 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.
What is Hispanic Heritage Month? - While you never have to wait for an annual event to take pride in your ethnic background, National Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for Americans with roots in the countries involved (or in Puerto Rico's case, the territory involved), to honor their respective cultures and the history behind them. In 2020, it kicks off on Tuesday, September 15, and ends on October 15. (A video accompanies this article)