HARRISBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT CELEBRATES NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, SEPTEMBER 15 - OCTOBER 15!
ABOUT NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
In the United States, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. Beginning in 1968, the celebration of Hispanic heritage was originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week” under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, it was extended to a month under President Ronald Reagan. National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on the anniversary of the independence of Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica, which occurred in 1821. During the month-long observance, Latino and Hispanic Americans in North America celebrate and honor their rich history, contributions, culture, achievements, and more!
Though National Hispanic Heritage Month is officially recognized from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, the Harrisburg School District hopes that teachers, students, families, and community members will use these resources to discover and share information, and hear new voices and interesting stories about the rich history and contributions of Hispanic Americans. Enjoy & Learn!
National Hispanic Heritage Month is meant to celebrate the customs, legacies and achievements of United States citizens with Hispanic roots.
Mexico celebrates their independence on September 16th.
Chile celebrates their independence on September 18th.
Belize celebrates their independence on September 21st.
The first year that Hispanic heritage was celebrated on a national level was 1968, when it began as a week-long celebration.
National Hispanic Heritage Month goes from September 15th until October 15th.
Celebrations for National Hispanic Heritage Month include film screenings, concerts, festivals with food and crafts and other goods, and museum exhibits, and more.
There are approximately 53 million individuals of Hispanic ancestry in the United States today.
Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority in the United States, making up approximately 17% of the population.
It is estimated that by the year 2060, the Hispanic population in the United States will constitute approximately 31% of the population.
Of the Hispanic population in the United States, approximately 65% are from a Mexican heritage.
The following states all have a Hispanic population of at least 500,000 = Washington, Virginia, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York, New Mexico, New Jersey, Nevada, Massachusetts, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, California and Arizona.
There are approximately 1.1 million veterans of the United States armed forces who are Hispanic or Latino.
Famous writers and journalists with Hispanic heritage include Isabel Allende, Julia Alvarez, Rudolfo Anaya, Sandra Cisneros, Oscar Hijuelos, Maria Hinojosa, Geraldo Rivera, Louis Santeiro, and Gary Soto.
Famous actors and actresses with Hispanic heritage include Desi Arnaz, Lynda Carter, Cameron Diaz, Emilio Estevez, America Ferrera, Andy Garcia, Salma Hayek, Rita Hayworth, Raul Julia, Jennifer Lopez, Anthony Quinn and Charlie Sheen.
Famous singers with Hispanic heritage include Linda Ronstadt, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Gloria Estefan, Trini Lopez, Ricky Martin, Carlos Santana, Selena, and Rita Moreno.
Famous athletes with Hispanic heritage include Roberto Alomar, Jose Canseco, Oscar De La Hoya, Scott Gomez, Pedro Martinez, Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez and Nancy Lopez.
Renowned Leaders and Activists with Hispanic heritage include Joan Baez, Cesar Chavez, David Barkley, Linda Chavez-Thompson, Ernesto Galarza, Sonia Sotomayor, and others.
Famous scientists with Hispanic heritage include Severo Ochoa, Luis Walter Alvarez, and Mario Molina (Nobel Prize winners), Ellen Ochoa, Franklin Chang-Diaz, and Carlos Noriega (astronauts).
National Hispanic Heritage Month has been featured on Sesame Street.
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States.