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Hispanic Heritage Month

By Michelle Tipton, Reporter

According to Google, Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15 and it is meant to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the group’s heritage and culture. The observation began in 1968 under President Johnson and was expanded to a 30-day period in 1988. The day, September 15, is also important because it’s the day Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua celebrate their independence. Mexico’s and Chile’s independence days also happens to fall in the 30 day period on September 16 and September 18.

Latinos have had a humongous impact on the diversity and culture in America.  Some Latinos arrived in America as immigrants or refugees and some trace their ancestry to Spanish speaking countries in Latin America or to Iberia. Regardless, Latinos have established businesses, raised families, created labor unions, written novels, created masterpieces, and fought for civil rights.

All in all, Latinos and Hispanics have played a huge role in shaping America into what it is now. To this day, Latinos and Hispanics are still emigrating to America for a multitude of reasons and we, as Americans, need to support them. Si se puede!

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Hispanic Heritage Month