Last year, I tweeted 30 times about Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s probably the most well received series of tweets I’ve ever done. I plan to do it again this year, but thought I would kick it off with a little backstory on the occasion.
The demographic footprint is not the reason we celebrate this group. They are not even a race, per se. Hispanics are red, yellow, black and white. They are multiethnic by themselves. Being Hispanic is not about color or even language. Many Hispanics today don’t speak Spanish (Español), but are zealous in their bicultural life. Take time and explore who they are this month and you may see a lot of yourself. I invite you to add a little salsa (culture) in your salsa (food) while you do a little salsa (dance).
When and What is Hispanic Heritage Month?
National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 and recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates the group’s heritage and culture. Congress first passed a resolution to celebrate Hispanic heritage at the national level as a week-long event on September 17, 1968. Nearly 20 years later, on August 17, 1988, President Ronald Reagan stretched the celebrations to a month, from September 15 to October 15. National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Continue Reading…