Thursday, September 18, 2014
Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!
On September 17, 1968, Congress issued a joint resolution (Public Law 90-948) that authorized the President to issue a proclamation that would designate one week in September, including September 15 and 16, as "National Hispanic Heritage Week." President Lyndon Johnson issued Presidential Proclamation 3869, which provided in part:
"It is with special pride that I call the attention of my fellow citizens to the great contribution to our national heritage made by our people of Hispanic descent—not only in the fields of culture, business, and science, but also through their valor in battle. Several of our States and many of our cities proudly bear Hispanic names and continue Hispanic traditions that enrich our national life. . . The people of Hispanic descent are the heirs of missionaries, captains, soldiers, and farmers who were motivated by a young spirit of adventure, and a desire to settle freely in a free land. This heritage is ours."
In 1988, Congress passed another joint resolution (Public Law 100-402) authorizing the President to desigate the 31-day period beginning on September 15 and ending on October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. Since then, several Presidential Proclamations have been passed to establish Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrate the cultures and contributions of Latinos/as and Latino/a Americans.
For more information about this important month-long celebration, click here.