LatinX Heritage Month
LatinX Heritage Month 2020 (September 15 - October15)
Latinx Heritage Month honors the incredible heritage and growing contributions of Latinx people to U.S. culture each year. What is now known as Latinx Heritage Month originally started as National Hispanic Heritage Week. I was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968 as the week that included September 15 and 16th. The week was expanded to a month under President Ronald Regan in 1988.
The starting dates were chosen to commemorate two key historic events: The Independence Day of Spanish-speaking Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) on September 15, 1821—and Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16, 1810. In 1988, the week was expanded to a month-long period so that it would include El Dia de la Raza on October 12, a day that celebrates the influences of the people who came after Christopher Columbus and the multicultural, multiethnic society that evolved as a result. Latinx Heritage Month is now officially September 15th – October 15th each year.
Events Co-sponsored by: Organization of Latin American Students, Association of Latin Professionals for America, Multicultural Greek Council, Multicultural Student Association, Recruitment Retention Progression and Graduation for Hispanic/Latino Student, Cultural and Community Centers.