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A Note from the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Team

Tuesday, September 15, 2020   (0 Comments)
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A Note from the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Team:

Hispanic Heritage Month, began September 15 and runs through October 15, celebrating the histories, cultures, many accomplishments and contributions of Hispanic Americans.  September 15 was chosen as the starting date for the commemoration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Hispanic countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, who all declared independence in 1821.  President Lyndon B. Johnson first introduced National Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968.  Congress expanded it from a week to one month after it was amended into public law in 1988 during Ronald Reagan's presidency.

This celebratory month honors the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.  While Hispanic and Latino/a/x are used interchangeably by many—Hispanic is a term used to describe someone of Spanish-speaking origin, while Latino, Latina, and Latinx are used to describe a person of Latin American origin—the celebration recognizes those whose roots are from a country that speaks Spanish as the primary language.

Here are just a few titles you may want to check out from Hispanic and Latinx authors:

In the city on a fall weekend and looking for an outdoor, socially distanced activity?  The Pilsen Murals, which feature Mexican icons and symbols representing the many cultures of Pilsen, are an inspiring nod to the neighborhood’s rich Hispanic heritage. You can explore the murals on foot around the area bounded by 16th street to the north, the Chicago River to the east, and Western Avenue to the west.