" Many Backgrounds, Many Stories, One American Spirit"
|Supreme Ct. Justice Sonia Sotomayor|
Visit the Hispanic Heritage Month website hosted by the Library of Congress
Why start Hispanic Heritage Month on September 15?The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
National Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted into law by Congress in 1968 as a special week and expanded to a month in 1988 to celebrate the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors immigrated from Spain, Mexico, the Carribean, and Cental and South America.
Only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population (112M) than the United States. (50.5 million Hispanics plus 3.7 Puerto Rican residents of a U.S. territory) Source: US Census Hispanic Heritage Facts