National Hispanic Heritage Month!

The Ignite Inspire “Doorway to Diversity” column would like to take the time to observe one of America’s more important but not so well know observances, National Hispanic Heritage Month.

This is the period when citizens recognize the many contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States.  It’s also a time to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture.

The observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week approved by President Lyndon B. Johnson.  In 1988 President Ronald Regan expanded it to a 30 day period beginning on September 15th and ending on October 15th.  The reasoning for this is because September 15th is the anniversary of 5 Latin American countries’ independence (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua). In addition Mexico, Belize, and Chile also celebrate their independence during the month of September.

Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic Americans in America.  From California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, New York, and Washington DC, Hispanic Americans have left a prominent, positive and inspiring impression on the American culture.  This is a trend that continues today.

For the next several weeks, the Doorway to Diversity will focus on stories involving Hispanic Americans from past to  present, in all areas of society.

Make sure to check the Ignite blog next week for more!!

-Darold Ingram


~ by daroldingram on September 29, 2010.

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