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Hispanic Heritage Month

A small history of Hispanic Heritage Month, and its origins.
Organizers and participants pose for a photo in their traditional garb during the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration outside Old Town Hall in downtown Stamford, Conn. on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. The celebration, organized by the Latino Foundation of Stamford, included the raising of the Mexican flag and celebrated the 208th anniversary of Mexican independence. Michael Cummo/Hearst Connecticut Media

Everyone knows about some famous Hispanic artist from somewhere whether it’s from dreading the infamous “we don’t talk about Bruno” from Lin Manuel Miranda” or constant teasing from their parents to come dance to Celia Cruz. Though they haven’t always been recognized, Hispanic influences are everywhere but, where did the recognition start? George E. Brown was a California representative during the civil rights movement. In June of 1968 he posed the idea of a Hispanic heritage week. The official law was published on September 17, 1968, and voila, Hispanic Heritage Week was born! So, how did the Week of recognition spread to a month and why does it start and end on the 15th? September 15 marks the start of Independence Day for several Spanish countries including; Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Many other countries followed shortly after. The week was officially extended to a month on August 17, 1988 so there’d be more time to celebrate Hispanic accomplishments. 

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