2012 National Hispanic Heritage Month Kicks Off Tomorrow

The Theme for 2012 : Many Backgrounds, Many Stories…One American Spirit

Every year, from September 15 to October 15, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month through celebration of the culture and contributions brought to America by their Spanish, Mexican, the Caribbean and Central and South American ancestors.

(Clockwise from top left) Panamanian-American hip-hoppers (and cousins) Raka Rich and Raka Dun; Isabel Arevalo, descendent of one of California’s oldest Spanish-American families; San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (Mexican-American); Actress Rita Moerno (Puerto Rico); Activist and Author Ariel Dorfman (Chilean-American).

This event began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, and expanded in 1988 by Reagan, to encompass an entire month before being permanently enacted into law the same year.

The expansion occurred to include the anniversary of independence for central American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively, and Día de la Raza, (Columbus Day) is October 12 – so, why not make it a whole month?!

For cultural events and exhibitions and more information, visit http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov – brought to you by the Library of Congress.

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