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" Wishing to pay special tribute to the Hispanic tradition, and having in mind the fact that our five Central American neighbors celebrate their Independence Day on the fifteenth of September and the Republic of Mexico on the sixteenth, the Congress by House Joint Resolution 1299, has requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating the week including September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week. "

-- Lyndon B. Johnson, Presidential Proclamation - No. 3869 September 1968

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the U.S. from September 15 to October 15. During this time, Latinos nationwide celebrate the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18. Spain celebrates its Independence Day on Oct. 12, but in Mexico it is also known as Día de La Raza because that is when Columbus discovered America and started a “new race.” Click here to see the actual dates when Latin American holidays are celebrated.

Most importantly, this month-long celebration of Latino heritage aims to promote an awareness of Latino issues, struggles, and triumphs, bringing together individual and collective histories in order to form a deeper understanding of who we are today.

The following are resources for educators for Hispanic Heritage Month. All of them provide similar resources — accessible biographies of Hispanic-Americans, history, multimedia, and more:

This is the official website for Latino Heritage Month RI • A committee of RI Latino Arts #LatinoHeritageRI
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