Hispanic Heritage Month starts Sept. 15 until Oct. 15

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 10:45 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Equality State started the celebration of Latin culture last weekend with the Hispanic Festival and that was just the beginning.

September 15th marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. This mid-month celebration commemorates the Independence Day of several Latin American countries.

Originally observed for one week in 1968 during the time of the Chicano Movement when students walked out of classrooms to protest educational and racial inequalities.

It was enacted into law in 1988 by former President Ronald Regan as a month-long observance and celebration of the many cultures that make up the Hispanic and Latino identity, heritage and economic contribution to the U.S.

According to the 2020 U.S. census, Hispanics and Latinos make up almost 19 percent of the population, just over 62 million, which includes every racial identity, and is the second fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S. with a median age of 28. Placing them in their top working and earning years.

“I think just reflecting on the generational influence that our culture has, and that we as culture bearers pass that on from generation to generation. It’s important to celebrate that and make sure our community knows who we are and what we’re about,” said Trisha Venisa Alicia Martinez, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming.

For more information on resources, events and contacts check out the list below.

Diocese of Cheyenne

Hispanic Festival of Cheyenne- Facebook

UW Latino/a Studies Scholarships

Wyoming Latina Youth Conference

UW American Heritage Center- Latin American Club

Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education- HOPE

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Pews Research- Latinos

Hispanic Consumers

2020 U.S. Census Data

Pews Research -Latin Labor Force

Wyoming Hispanic or Latino Origin Population Percentage by County

The 10 Wyoming Cities With The Largest Latino Population For 2021

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