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Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know that Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th?

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15).

Sept. 15 was selected as the start of the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

Now is the time to celebrate the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean!

Check out these books to learn more about Hispanic culture.

Everything you need to know about Latino history Heroes, Lovers, and Others: the story of Latinos in Hollywood Wachale: poetry and prose about growing up Latino in America Americanos: Latino life in the United States

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