Hispanic Heritage Month

Emma Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief

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What it is:

In 1968, President Lyndon B Johnson began National Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, on August 17, President Ronald Reagan enacted a law that expanded the event to 30 days. National Hispanic Heritage is now celebrated in the U.S. from September 15 to October 15. This month long observation celebrates the contributions and cultures of Americans who came from, or whose ancestors came from, Spanish speaking countries, specifically from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, or Central America.   

 

Why it’s important:

In the current political climate, there has been some (unjust) anger directed towards Hispanics, specifically immigrants. National Hispanic Heritage Month is a good time to remember how important Latinos have been to America, past and present. Studies have shown Hispanic children have higher self esteem when they are taught about their culture and raised to be proud of it. Everyone should be proud of their culture, and we should celebrate our diversity rather than condemn it.

In Carrollton, 1 in 3 people are Hispanic, and Hispanics make up 44% of Creekview. Texas has the largest Hispanic population in America, and it’s on the rise. Already, Hispanics and Latinos make up just over half of the Texas population. With this being the case, Hispanic Heritage month is especially important.

 

What you can do:

If you’re looking for things to do in celebration, you can check out www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov for educational resources and ideas for celebrating, or check out the displays outside the school library.

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