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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

United States—With the unfolding of autumn came one of the year’s most important celebrations of cultural diversity across the United States: Hispanic Heritage Month. Every year, from September 15th to October 15th, this celebration pays tribute to the contributions of Hispanic communities to American society. 

Hispanic Heritage Month traces its roots back to the mid-20th century. The initial celebration was known as Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the week-long observance to recognize the importance of Hispanic contributions to American history and society. The date of September 15th was chosen as the starting date because it coincides with the independence anniversaries of several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence days on September 16th and September 18th. The celebration was later expanded to a month-long period in 1988, when President Ronald Reagan signed into law a bill proposed by Representative Esteban E. Torres. In a country as culturally diverse as the United States, Hispanic Heritage Month serves as a reminder that our strength lies in our differences.

~ Aida Mebea

Students and staff enjoy WISH Academy’s Hispanic Heritage Month Potluck in October

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