National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15. This year’s theme is “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.”

History . . .

This commemoration began in 1968, “when Congress passed Pub. L. No. 90-498, which authorized and requested that the President issue an annual proclamation designating the week that included September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week.” On September 17, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued Proclamation No. 3869. The rationale for including September 15 & 16 was to celebrate “the anniversaries of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, as well as Mexico’s independence. . . .” In 1998, the observance was increased from one week to one month with Pub. L. No. 100-402.

Learning Resources . . .

The U.S. Department of Education has compiled a list government resources in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, including the following:

In addition, previous Ex Libris Juris blog posts on Hispanic Heritage Month topics include:

And Barbies!

On September 15, 2021, Barbie introduced two new dolls for Hispanic Heritage Month, in honor of Celia Cruz and Julia Alvarez. Celia Cruz, the “Queen of Salsa,” was a “legendary Cuban-American singerwhose career spanned from 1950 until her death in 2003. Julia Alvarez “is a Dominican-American New Formalist poet, novelist, and essayist,” who explored “[t]he theme of being caught between two cultures.