Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Despite the divisiveness you may read about or hear by political pundits and other media folk, most Americans enjoy embracing and learning about other cultures, races, and heritages. As we continue to learn more about one another, it brings us closer together, culminating in a unity that is not often described, but viable in our daily lives.

September 15th through October 15th has been deemed National Hispanic Heritage Month. It was enacted to celebrate the culture, histories, and contributions by hispanics to our American way of life. National Hispanic Heritage Month became law on August 17, 1988.

President Lyndon Johnson encouraged the first National Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, and in 1988, President Ronald Reagan extended the recognition to a full month.

What is important is that each of us take a moment to reflect and appreciate this culture which has been derived from South America, Spain, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The hispanic culture is steeped in tradition of hard work, determination, and leadership.

Hispanics such as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, singer and activist Joan Baez, actor Desi Arnaz, Rita Moreno, Ceasar Chavez, and singer Celia Cruz are just a few groundbreakers of spanish origin who have shaped our culture and defined the way we live. Their contribution to our society has made a great impact in our world.

To learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month, click here. This year’s theme is “Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America”.

I urge each and every one of you to help celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by learning about the spanish culture and the people in which gave it its foundation.


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    There is a very beautiful image on the webpage above that I would ask permission to use during our library’s 2011 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Would that be possible? I would give you credit for permission to use it.

    Laura Young
    Reference Librarian
    Chattanooga State Community College Library
    Chattanooga, TN 37406
    (423) 697-4436

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