Hispanic Heritage Month

By the Diversity & Inclusion Committee

National Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period. Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society and culture.

The term Hispanic or Latino refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. Today, 57.5 million people, or 18% of the American population, are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This population represents a significant increase from 2000, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population.

Share in this special annual tribute by learning and celebrating the generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society! There are many ways to celebrate the Hispanic culture: cooking or enjoying a recipe from the delicious and diverse cuisine, listening and dancing to Hispanic music, visiting a Hispanic Cultural Center or museum to admire the arts, or showcase a Hispanic film by having a movie night!

For more info on National Hispanic Heritage Month and ways to celebrate, please visit http://diversity.riderwoodtv.com.

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