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Hispanic Heritage Month 2016—Hispanic Americans: Embracing, Enhancing, and Enriching America

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Each year, from September 15 to October 15, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month with the aim of celebrating the contributions of our fellow Americans of Hispanic ancestry. This year’s theme is Hispanic Americans:  Embracing, Enhancing, and Enriching America.

The observation of this month—in which we bring forth the histories and cultures of people whose provenance is linked to that of Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America—dates back to 1968, during Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration. It is likely that Johnson’s life in Texas led him to understand the contribution of Hispanics and their struggle, first handedly.  His years as a teacher at a “Mexican” school, during a period of segregation, no doubt colored his vision and informed his decisions.

I have touched on the establishment of this month-long celebration in the past, and the Law Library has compiled the most salient instruments pertaining to Hispanic Heritage Month,  but it is always nice to share what the Library has prepared for this commemorative observance.

Flyer showing the schedule of events for Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library of Congress
Hispanic Heritage Month, 2016, calendar of events designed by Lia Apodaca Kerwin and Francisco Macías

Related to the celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month is National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, 2016, for which a presidential proclamation was issued.

To read this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation, click here.

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