The History of Hispanic Heritage Month

The period from September 15 to October 15 marks Hispanic Heritage Month, and here at OneEighty, we believe that is a cause worth celebrating!

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Hispanic Heritage Month traces its history back to 1968, when it began as Hispanic Heritage Week. President Ronald Reagan expanded it to a month-long celebration in 1988. In a time when nearly 20 percent of the United States population is of Hispanic or Latino origin, this commemoration becomes even more important in recognizing the many positive contributions made by these cultures.

Why September 15 to October 15? This period encompasses independence days for several Latin American countries, including Mexico, Chile, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Dia de la Raza, an international holiday celebrating Hispanic heritage, also falls within Hispanic Heritage Month.

Why OneEighty Celebrates

Though we live in divisive times, here at OneEighty, we recognize that there is strength in diversity. We need people of many different backgrounds to work together to solve the problems we are facing in the world. Differences in culture or ethnicity aren’t things to be feared — they are things worth celebrating. As we come together to learn and celebrate, we can create a better environment in Wayne and Holmes counties and beyond.

Conclusion

We are proud to be part of Wayne and Holmes county, where our population is becoming more diverse. Our different backgrounds are something to be celebrated. When we come together as a community, we will be better equipped to fight addiction, domestic violence, and other issues facing our area.