Hispanic Month

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Honoring Hispanic Americans’ rich history and celebrating their diverse contributions to the American mosaic

National Hispanic Awareness Month is an annual celebration of the culture, traditions, achievements and heritage of Hispanic Americans. National Hispanic Awareness Month is held annually from September 15 to October 15 in honor of the anniversary of several Latin American nations’ independence.

The monthly commemoration was created as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 and expanded to a month-long observance in 1988. Hispanic Americans, the largest minority group in the United States, play a prominent role in all facets of American society and culture.

Not only have Hispanic Americans shaped popular culture, but their increasing representation in government and media highlights their larger influence on American life.

The October SKS Spotlight of the Month commemorates the myriad contributions of Hispanic Americans and emphasizes the diversity of Hispanic culture in the United States. Learn more about notable Hispanic Americans and trace Hispanic culture’s unique impact on the American experience in such articles and Web sites as:


1. U.S. Nears Racial Milestone

2. Immigration Blues

3. AP-Univision Poll: Immigration

4. Latinas Uniting Via Online Sites

5. Why Do Millions Risk Their Lives to Cross the Border?


National Council of La Raza Online

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