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Monday, September 17, 2012
“The History of Hispanic Heritage Month"

During Hispanic Heritage Month, America celebrates the culture and traditions of residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. 

Originally observed in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Johnson, it was expanded by President Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending October 15. 

September 15 was chosen as the starting date because it was that day in 1821 that five Latin American countries declared their independence: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.  

In the 2000 Census, more than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino. This week, we’ll be honoring some who also happened to be gay or lesbian.

Dan S


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    September 17th, 2012

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