Hispanic Heritage month

Beginning September 15th till October 15th, Hispanic Heritage month is a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. At the Y, we believe our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good. To kick of Hispanic Heritage month, we take the time to learn about the history of the month and the importance of honoring our American Latino community. Here are key facts you need to know about Hispanic Heritage month: 

  • Hispanic Heritage starts on the 15th as opposed to the beginning of the month because the 15th marks the independence days of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize follow shortly after, on the 16th, 18th, and 21st.  

  • Almost a fifth of the total U.S. population is Hispanic, according to the Pew Research Center. The Hispanic population in the U.S. is at 57 million and is the second-fastest growing racial or ethnic group behind Asians. 

  • The U.S. culture has been greatly impacted by Hispanic cultures through film, sports, dance, and music. Baseball player Roberto Clemente, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and singer Selena are just a few notable names that are being celebrated this month. 

Throughout the month, The Y will be celebrating our American Latino staff and their impact they have made on their community. Be on the lookout for their Y stories and the importance of their Hispanic heritage!  


Source: https://time.com/4943371/what-is-hispanic-heritage-month/ 


Authored by: cmccauley