Acknowledgement: We acknowledge that the term “Hispanic” is inherently problematic due to is colonial origins, its potential exclusionary nature, and its tendency to overgeneralize diverse cultures. We support greater awareness and sensitivity in our language and appreciate the understanding of all community members in acknowledging intersectionality and communicating with cultural humility.
For more information, visit Latinx vs. Hispanic, Latino, Chicano, and More (Grammarly Blog).
National Hispanic American Heritage Month, also known as Hispanic Heritage Month, Hispanic Latinx Heritage or Latino Heritage Month, began in 1968 as a week-long celebration intended to honor the Hispanic community’s contributions, particularly during the civil rights movement’s zenith.
This initial celebration was officially marked by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 15, aligning with the Independence Day of several Central American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and later Belize also observe their independence days in close succession.
Late last week, President Joe Biden declared Sept. 10-16 National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week. From 1968 to 1988, a week was set aside annually to honor Hispanic Americans. In 1987, Representative Esteban E. Torres advocated for a month-long celebration, leading to President Reagan signing the Senate bill into law in 1988. By 1989, President George H.W. Bush established September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month, emphasizing the deep contributions of Hispanic Americans to family and community values.
“Education beyond high school should be a ticket to the middle class — and across our Nation, more than 500 Hispanic-Serving Institutions have helped to make that promise real, opening the doors of opportunity a bit wider for generations of Hispanic college students,” President Biden stated in a news release.
“During National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, we celebrate their important work.”
Hispanic Heritage Month Programming Guide – TDM Library
Hispanic Heritage Month Resources – National Museum of the American Latino