Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic heritage month

Published September 12, 2023

DaLynna Wood | Multimedia Specialist

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Stan Booker presented a proclamation celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month, observed annually from September 15 to October 15, is a time when Americans come together to celebrate the rich histories, diverse cultures, and invaluable contributions of individuals with ancestral roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and South America. This month-long commemoration, which began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson and was later expanded to a 30-day period by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, holds significant cultural and historical importance. It was formally enacted into law on August 17, 1988, through the approval of Public Law 100-402.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, the United States pays tribute to the vibrant tapestry of Hispanic Americans and recognizes their enduring impact on the nation's success and growth. Representing the largest minority group in the country, generations of Hispanic Americans have played a pivotal role in fortifying the foundations of our great nation.

This year's theme, "Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America," emphasizes the substantial influence of Hispanic individuals on the economic, political, and social advancement of the United States. From innovative entrepreneurs to influential leaders, Hispanic Americans have played integral roles in shaping the nation's trajectory toward prosperity.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated through a diverse array of events that reflect the rich tapestry of Hispanic cultures. These celebrations include parades, enlightening art exhibitions, concerts, and traditional Hispanic food fairs. These gatherings provide an opportunity for communities to come together, fostering cultural understanding and appreciation.

Thank you to everyone who attended the City Council meeting to take part in our celebration, and to those who participated in the beautiful presentation of culture!