Hispanic Heritage Month


Hispanic Heritage Month is observed every year between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15. The month-long celebration began in 1968. President Lyndon Johnson passed a law in order to enact Hispanic Heritage Month. The month honors and recognizes the contributions made by Hispanics/Latino Americans. The month correlates with the Independence Day of seven Latin American countries and Columbus Day. I personally do not observe any of these dates.
According to the Hispanic Heritage Month website, about 55 million Hispanics/Latinos reside in the United States. An additional 4 million live in Puerto Rico. This includes about 17 percent of the U.S. population.
El Paso will celebrate the month with various lectures at the University of Texas-El Paso and El Paso Community College. The El Paso Playhouse will perform Federico Garcia-Lorca’s Bodas de Sangre (Blood Weddings) in English and Spanish. A Mexican food cookoff was held in Downtown El Paso yesterday afternoon.
Life of an El Paso Woman will feature posts about Hispanic events, movies, etc. throughout the month-long celebration.

Photo from Hispanic Heritage Month website


  1. Wikipedia: Rosario Dawson is involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club and supports other charities such as environmental group Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, the International Rescue Committee, Voto Latino, and Stay Close.org, a poster and public service ad campaign for PFLAG where she is featured with her uncle Frank Jump. She has participated in the Vagina Monologues (she refers to her vagina as “The General”) and serves on the board for V-Day, a global non-profit movement that raises funds for women’s anti-violence groups through benefits of this play. In October 2008, Dawson became a spokeswoman for TripAdvisor.com’s philanthropy program, More Than Footprints, Conservation International, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Save The Children. Also in October 2008, she lent her voice to the RESPECT! Campaign, a movement aimed at preventing domestic violence. She recorded a voice message for the Giverespect.org Web site stressing the importance of respect in helping stop domestic violence. In 2012 Dawson partnered with SodaStream International in launching the first annual Unbottle the World Day, a campaign conceived in an effort to raise awareness to the impact of cans and plastic bottles on the environment.

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