What is Latino Heritage Month?
Latino Heritage Month is a time of celebration and recognition of the accomplishments and success of Latinas and Latinos in the United States. Running from September 15th to October 15th, this period began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 when it was signed by President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, it was expanded to a month by President Ronald Regan. September marks multiple independence anniversaries in Latin America, which continue to be celebrated in Latina/o American households today.
Since the Revolutionary War, Latinas and Latinos have been fighting for and improving the societal structure of our country. Today, communities around the country celebrate the countless contributions that Latinas and Latinos have made to the foundation of the nation. From sports, science to business and civil right and everything in between, Latinas and Latinos are part of the cloth making up the American identity.
Since Octaviano Larrazolo of New Mexico became the first Latins U.S. Senator to serve the public in 1928, to the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in 2009, Latinos are growing and shaping the future of the nation. In 2018, Latinas and Latinos accounted for 18% of the U.S. population, according to the Pew Research Center, and account for the second-largest growing minority group.