Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. This observation began in 1968 with Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. It was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to span a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
September 15th is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and September 18th, respectively.
Hispanic heritage holds an indelible place in the heart and soul of our Nation, and National Hispanic Heritage Month reminds us that the American identity is a fabric of diverse traditions and stories woven together. Since the beginning, our country has drawn strength and insights from Hispanic writers, scientists, soldiers, doctors, entrepreneurs, academics, and leaders in labor and government. Our culture has been enriched by the rhythms, art, literature, and creativity of Hispanic peoples. And our deepest values have been informed by the love of family and faith that is at the core of so many Hispanic communities. All of these contributions help us realize the promise of America for all Americans.President Joe Biden – Excerpt from The American Presidency Project:
Proclamation 10446—National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2022
Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month
Please see below for Month events/activities being held at WU & in the St. Louis community for Hispanic Heritage Month
- Noche de Cultura – September 15th – 16th at Tisch Commons on WU Danforth Campus
- Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival – September 23rd – 25th at Soulard Park at 7th and Lafayette Avenue
- Latiné Heritage Month with Dr. Benjamin Garcia – September 27th from 5:00-6:00pm at The Cortex
- Hispanic St. Louis Past, Present, Future – October 5th from 5:30-8:00pm at the Missouri History Museum