Hispanic Heritage Month

Join us is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which officially kicked off September 15th and continues through October 15th. This celebration recognizes the many contributions made by the Hispanic and LatinX community to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

Why September 15th?

September 15th is a meaningful and historic day where many Hispanic countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrate their independence. On September 16th Mexico gained its independence followed by Chile on the 18th, Belize on the 21st, and Puerto Rico on the 23rd.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the U.S. Hispanic population reached a record 60.6 million in 2019 and remain an important part of the nations story. It so important that we share our LatinX and Hispanic voices and stories.

Hear Vanessa Vancour’s perspective growing up in the United States while straddling two worlds as a White and Mexican woman:

Who are DREAMers?

DACA, an acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a policy that protects around 800,000 young people — known as “DREAMers” — who entered the United States unlawfully as children. The program does not grant them official legal status or a pathway to citizenship, but it does allow them to apply for a driver’s license, social security number, and work permit.

Hear Catalina Morales’ story about currently living in the U.S. under the protections afforded by DACA:

Inspiring Hispanic and LatinX Americans in U.S. History

Hispanic and LatinX Americans have and continue to make their mark on U.S. history. Here is a list of some of the most iconic figures who have influenced society: https://www.biography.com/news/notable-hispanic-americans

Hispanic Heritage Month in Memphis, Tennessee

In local news, join us for Latin Fest in Overton Square on September 25th at 6PM! It will be a great time to gather with friends and family from our Latin community. Dance to Latin music, taste Latin food and drinks, and shop at local vendors! More information can be found here: https://www.eventvesta.com/events/6269

If you are looking for other ways to Hispanic heritage month here in Memphis, check out this list of amazing food spots, local art shows and exhibits, and ways to support the community: https://www.sucasamemphis.org/blog/2018/9/12/10-ways-to-celebrate-hispanic-heritage-month-in-memphis

We hope you all take this opportunity to recognize the many achievements and contributions of the Hispanic and LatinX communities here in Memphis and the United States as a whole.

Authored By: Joey White, Social Media Coordinator