Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!September 17, 2021
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
Adriana Flores – Student Activities Board Member – Communication Design Student
Brianna McClendon – Equity & Inclusion Outreach Manager – Institutional Equity & Inclusion
What is Hispanic Heritage Month?
September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month! This month is to honor and celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of the Hispanic and Latinx communities. The origin of Hispanic Heritage Month started in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson and expanded to cover an entire month in 1988 and was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. “Michigan’s robust Hispanic population has developed businesses, cultivated communities, and imparted rich traditions across Michigan. Hispanic Americans have acted as entrepreneurs, educators, trailblazers, activists, artists and so much more. It is an honor to celebrate Hispanic Heritage this month.”
Why is it a month long?
The reason Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15 is that it is the anniversary of independence for the following Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. There are multiple independence days that celebrate their anniversaries in this time period: Mexico Independence Day on September 16 and Chile Independence Day on September 18. On October 12, Día de la Raza (which is Columbus Day in Spanish), is very significant and falls within the 30-day timeframe.
Personal Reflections: Adriana Flores
My name is Adriana Flores and I am looking forward to having the chance to celebrate mine and other cultures during Hispanic Heritage Month. My experiences with Mexican culture come from trips to Mexico to visit family, the stories and things my mom would share with me. The parts of my culture I find to be the most special include the art, music, food, and the time I’ve spent with my abuelita, tias, tios, and primos. Aside from my family, I did not have much of a community in the area where I grew up so I am excited to have the opportunity to gather a group of students looking to share their cultures with the CCS community. This Hispanic Heritage Month, it’s important to remember that there are many countries celebrating, each with their own phrases, food, and other cultural elements. It’s also important to recognize groups that often go underrepresented such as Afro-Latinos and Indigenous peoples, the latter being the first on the lands that have since been taken from them. I hope that everyone takes the time to appreciate Hispanic and Latino culture, not just this month but for years to come.
Upcoming CCS Events
Please stay tuned for information pertaining to Hispanic Heritage Month events at CCS sponsored by the Office for Institutional Equity and Inclusion and the Student Activities Board.
News about Hispanic Heritage Month
Ways to Celebrate