Tuesday, September 15, 2009

U.S. Celebrates Its Hispanic Heritage: Past, Present, and Future

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week; in 1988 the observance was expanded by President Ronald Reagan to a month-long celebration. September 15 was chosen as the starting point because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, while Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Coincidentaly, October 12 is celebrated throughout Latin America and Spain as Día de la Raza ... read more here and here.

Watch PBS's Nuestras Historias Our Stories and Cantos Latinos series

Also on this issue:
PBS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With a Documentary Recognizing the Latino Contribution to American Music (Reuters)
Logros y perspectivas de los latinos: Muchos retos y objetivos son parte del desarrollo futuro de la comunidad, por Antonieta Cádiz (La Opinión)

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