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About Hispanic Heritage Month | Sobre el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Hispanic Heritage Month Illustrations & Clip ArtHispanic Heritage Month (in Spanish "Mes de la Herencia Hispana") is celebrated annually from September 15 to October 15, since 1968. During this month, the contributions of Hispanic-Americans to the U.S. are celebrated. The selection of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in September is to commemorate the independence of Chile (September 18), Costa Rica (September 15), Guatemala (September 15), Honduras (September 15), Mexico (September 16, although the Grito de Dolores happened on September 15), Nicaragua (September 15), and El Salvador (September 15). (Library of Congress, 2020). Meanwhile, Cuba celebrates its independence on October 10. Puerto Rico (former Spanish colony, and now U.S. territory) celebrates the Grito de Lares ("Cry of Lares") on September 23. 

National Hispanic Heritage Month was established as a national commemoration in 1988, under the Public Law 100-402, then amended to Pub. L. 90-298 (Library of Congress, 2020). In addition to commemorating the independence of the North, Central, and South American countries, National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates citizens of Spanish and Spanish-speaking Caribbean ancestry (USDA, n.d.). Due to the influence of Spain in the Americas, the celebration incorporates Latinx countries (NPS, 2020; Library of Congress, 2020).

El mes de la herencia hispana es una conmemoración annual, llevada a cabo desde el 15 de septiembre hasta el 15 de octubre.A lo largo del mes, se celebra las contributions de los hispano-americanos en los EE.UU. La razón por la cual se conmemora durante esta fecha es para honrar la Independencia de varies naciones hispanas y esfuerzos de liberación. Por ejemplo, la Independencia de Chile (18 de septiembre), Costa Rica (15 de septiembre), Guatemala (15 de septiembre), Honduras (15 de septiembre), México (16 de de septiembre, aunque el Grito de Dolores ocurrió el 15 de septiembre), Nicaragua (15 de septiembre) y El Salvador (15 de septiembre) (Library of Congress, 2020). Por su parte Cuba celebra su independencia el 10 de octubre. En el caso de Puerto Rico (antigua colonia española y actual colonia estadounidense), celebra el Grito de Lares el 23 de septiembre.

El mes nacional de la herencia hipsana se certificó como celebración nacional en 1988, bajo la Ley Pública 100-404, luego enmendada como Ley Pública 90-298 (Libray of Congress, 2020). Además de conmemorar la independencia de las naciones de los continents americanos, se conmemoran los ciudadanos de los países hispano-caribeños y su acendencia (USDA, s.f.). Debido a la gran influencia de España en las Américas, la celebración se ha extendido a la incorporación de otros países latinoamericanos (NPS, 2020; Library of Congress, 2020).

Suggested Readings | Lecturas Recomendadas

Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America | Available at Kanopy.

Description: Journey into the world of Argentina's most famous musical artist in Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America. Over a career that spanned 50 years, Sosa sold millions of records, performed thousands of concerts all over the world, and left behind an incredible legacy as an artist who went beyond the borders of music to become one of the most influential - and loved - personalities of the 20th century.

This intimate documentary reveals Sosa's early life and her rise to worldwide stardom, and explores the impact she had on the musical -- and political -- heritage of Latin America... and the world.

Councilwoman | Available at Kanopy

Description: This is the inspiring story of Carmen Castillo, an immigrant Dominican housekeeper in a Providence hotel who wins a City Council seat, taking her advocacy for low-income workers from the margins to city politics. COUNCILWOMAN follows Castillo's first term as she balances her full-time day job as a housekeeper with her family life and the demands of public office. She faces skeptics who say she doesn't have the education to govern, the power of corporate interests who take a stand against her fight for a $15 hourly wage, and a tough re-election against two contenders.

As Castillo battles personal setbacks and deep-rooted notions of who is qualified to run for political office, she fiercely defends her vision of a society in which all people can earn enough to support themselves and their families.

Official Selection at the San Diego Latina Film Festival.

Juvenile Literature | Literatura Juvenil

Popular Culture | Cultura Popular

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