Hispanic Heritage Month 2019

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 - October 15.

Designated by presidential proclamation, this is a time to celebrate the rich heritage of Hispanic Americans and the many contributions they have made to American culture:

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period.

--The Library of Congress-hosted website, www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

President Donald Trump continued the tradition with the September 13, 2017 proclamation:

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans who have helped shape our great Nation…. Demonstrating a steadfast commitment to faith, family, and hard work, Hispanic Americans lift up our communities and our economy as entrepreneurs, executives, and small business owners, and make contributions in areas such as science, art, music, politics, academia, government, and sports…. Hispanic Americans are a testament to the American promise that anyone can succeed in the United States through hard work.

September 15 is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days September 16 and 18, respectively, and Columbus Day or Dia de la Raza is October 12.

See FCPS videos sharing stories about our community's Hispanic heritage.

Gov. Thomas Johnson High School senior Alyna is preparing to become a teacher through the FCPS Career and Technology Center's Teacher Academy of Maryland:

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Jackie:

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Victor:

For more information, please visit www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov