September 15th through October 15th is recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanics make up 18.5 percent of the U.S. population and are the largest minority group in the country. Due to the size of the Hispanic population, it is important to celebrate their culture. Additionally, the purpose of Hispanic Heritage Month is to acknowledge the incredible work that the Hispanic community has accomplished which has contributed to the successes of the United States.
President Lyndon B. Johnson was the first to implement Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. Not long after this, President Ronald Reagan expanded the week-long celebration into a 30-day duration beginning in 1988. Later that year, Congress officially made Hispanic Heritage Month a law. Hispanic Heritage Month commences on September 15th because this is an important day in Latin America since Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, celebrate their independence day anniversaries. In addition to this, other Latin American countries such as Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days during this time as well.
Throughout its existence, Hispanic Heritage Month has grown tremendously. All around the country there are events to celebrate the culture and accomplishments of Hispanics in the U.S. Not only is Hispanic Heritage Month important nationwide but it is also incredibly significant since South Texas has a large Hispanic population. Therefore, it is important to celebrate the successes and the cultures of the Coastal Bend.
For more information please visit Hispanic Heritage Month.
Additionally, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) has a schedule of events for Hispanic Heritage Month. For more information and events visit National Hispanic Heritage Month. Along with this, Visit Corpus Christi has a schedule of events on their website to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this week’s article, please do not hesitate to call my Capitol or District Office. Please always feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or issues regarding a Texas state agency, or if you would like to contact my office regarding constituent services. As always, my offices are available at any time to assist with questions, concerns or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office, 361-949-4603).
– State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32
Rep. Hunter represents part of Nueces County. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 512-463-0672.