HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
I maybe late, but better late than never!
Luckily enough, it is still Hispanic Heritage Month! This cultural month lasts from September 15 - October 15th. Hispanic Heritage Month pays homage to the cultures, histories, and contributions of Hispanics/Hispanic Americans.
The month first started as a week in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson. Later on in 1988, President Ronald Reagan decided to make and declare it as a whole month instead.
The date of September 15th is significant because it contains the anniversary of independence of Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Furthermore, other Hispanic countries like Mexico and Chile celebrate their independences on September 16th and 18th.
I remember first learning about Hispanic Heritage Month on Disney Channel when I was a “youngin.” However, I never understood why the month never got more “clout” (significance). The Latinx community is huge, and there’s still an underrepresentation issue among them. One of my favorite shows is Jane The Virgin, and it reminded me of how there needs to be more shows and programs that highlights and positively represents Hispanics and the Latinx community.
Inclusivity is so important, and I got to tell you all that some of my favorite countries are Latin countries. From the culture, to the people, and don’t get me started on the food, Hispanic Heritage Month needs more recognition in America.
Side-note: Latina Magazine does a good job at explaining the differences between "Latinx," "Hispanic," and "Spanish."
Other Artists/Creatives of Hispanic Descent That Are Worth Following!!!
*Go check em out!
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