Since 1968, the contributions Hispanics have made to the growth and culture of North America have been celebrated in the US. First it was a week-long observance, then President Reagan expanded the celebration to the entire month. September was chosen since many nations declared independence in this month: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile and Belize
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Since our founding, our Nation has drawn strength from the diversity of our people. With faith and passion, a sturdy work ethic and profound devotion to family, Hispanics have helped carry forward our legacy as a vibrant beacon of opportunity for all. Whether their ancestors have been here for generations or they are among the newest members of our American family, they represent many countries and cultures, each adding their own distinct and dynamic perspective to our country’s story. Click here to read more.
You can celebrate by enjoying some of our terrific books, videos, or CDs.
The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, by Julia Alvarez
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Marc Anthony, CD by Marc Anthony
Chasing the Sun Juanes –CD
The Book of Life DVD for Families