National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month, or “Mes de la Herencia Hispana”, which runs from September 15th through October 15th is a celebration of the culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans. This makes it a great time to celebrate the success of Hispanics across various industries and converse about the impact of the Hispanic influence on American culture. During this month and beyond, let’s look back at just a few of the notable Hispanic Americans who have changed the course of history.

Jovita Idar
Jovita Idar Vivero

Jovita Idar Vivero is one such example. Born in Laredo, Texas in 1885, she was an American journalist, teacher, political activist, and civil rights worker who championed the cause of Hispanic Americans and Mexican immigrants. She believed that by educating a woman, you educate the entire family. While working for her father’s newspaper she used that platform to speak out against racism and in support of women’s and Hispanic American rights.  

The spirit of Jovita Idar Vivero lives on as one of the most powerful and influential Latinas throughout history who worked to change the world and open doors for Hispanic Americans, from politicians and activists to movie stars and athletes.  

The Hispanic culture has embedded a mark on our society that is deeply chiseled in our history. For example, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is known as the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress. Cesar Chavez, a first-generation American who lived a life of service directed at justice and equal rights among Hispanics, and noted by then-Senator Robert Kennedy as “one of the heroic figures of our time.”

Rita Moreno
Rita Morena

Rita Morena, the first Hispanic woman to win an Academy Award and one of only a few people to ever hold the honor of having won a Peabody, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.

Robert Gamez
Robert Gamez

Or, PGA pro Robert Gamez with his famous second shot from the fairway on the tough Bay Hill 18th hole in the final round to gain a one-stroke win over Greg Norman in the 1990 Nestle Invitational Golf Tournament.

America is a blend of cultures. Among these, the Hispanic culture has had a significant impact on the way Americans live, work, and interact with each other. In particular, the Mexican culture has had an extensive influence on the United States, from its language to its cuisine, music, and entertainment. For example, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States today and Mexican cuisine is a vital part of American culture. And who among us hasn’t enjoyed celebrating the events associated with the colorful “Día de los Muertos” festivals and Cinco de Mayo? 

Hispanic Heritage Month is about learning and celebrating the rich and diverse culture that comes from the many Spanish-speaking countries and territories. Here are a few ideas for celebrating:  

  • Support Hispanic-owned small businesses. Definitely a must. 
  • Take a dance class. Dance is a huge part of Hispanic culture, with many countries specializing in different types of dances that signify their deep cultural beliefs.  
  • Learn to cook a Hispanic dish. Choose a country, find its national dish, and give it a try! 
  • Support Hispanic artists and art. 


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