Every year from September 15 to October 15, Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by appreciating the community’s history, heritage, and contributions of the ancestors of American citizens who came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and South- and Central America.
How does Covenant House California celebrate
Hispanic Heritage Month?
Here at the Cov, we like to encourage our young people to learn more about their backgrounds and what has shaped their identity. From homemade meals to guest speakers, we strive to offer our youth opportunities to celebrate who they are and where they came from.
On Thursday, September 16, 2021, we kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with music, food, drinks, and information on the History of Latin America in the courtyard at our Los Angeles site!
If you would like to provide an opportunity for our youth, please contact Amanda Sattler.
Did you know?
Hispanic Heritage Month originally started with one week of commemoration when it was first introduced by Congressman George E. Brown in June 1968. With the civil rights movement, the need to recognize the contributions of the Latin community gained traction in the 1960s. Awareness of the multicultural groups living in the United States was also gradually growing.
Two heavily Latinx and Hispanic populated areas, the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles, were represented by Brown. His aim was to recognize the integral roles of these communities in American history. Observation of Hispanic Heritage Week started in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was later extended to a 30-day celebration by President Ronald Reagan, starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law via approval of Public Law 100-402 on August 17, 1988. Excerpt from https://nationaltoday.com/hispanic-heritage-month/