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Posted on: September 7, 2022

[ARCHIVED] National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Signed into law in August of 1988 by President Ronald Reagan, National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed from September 15 to October 15, celebrates the cultures, contributions, and histories of “American citizens” whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

While significant and important, such official celebration does not fully represent the complexities and identity makeups of the geography it claims to represent. Taking this into account, we take this opportunity to also celebrate the heritage of the many who do not identify as “Hispanic” and whose first language is one other than Spanish (to include French, Portuguese, Guraní, Nahuatl, Quechua, etc.) and whose racial identities also include afro-descendants and the many indigenous people who were present prior to the arrival of Europeans to the Americas.

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