Latinx Heritage Month is a national holiday that centers and honors the history, culture, influence, achievements and contributions of Latin American and Hispanic communities in the United States, particularly their contribution to American society in his outfit. The term “Latinx” refers to people of Latin American origin or ancestry and is used as a non-sexist or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina.
Latinx Heritage Month currently runs from September
15e to October 15e, however, originally it began as a Memorial Week when it was first introduced by California Congressman George E. Brown in June 1968. This moment is significant because the movement intervened in the part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. In addition, “mid-September was chosen because it is the anniversary of the independence of the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. In addition, Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period. ”
On September 17, 1968, Congress passed Public Law 90-48, calling on then-President Lyndon Johnson to commemorate September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week. The president issued the first presidential proclamation of Hispanic Heritage Week on the same day. In 1987, U.S. Representative Esteban E. Torres of California proposed to extend Hispanic Heritage Week to Hispanic Heritage Month. Torres believed that a 31-day Heritage Month would give people more time to “properly observe and coordinate events and activities to celebrate Hispanic culture and achievements.” In 1989, President George HW Bush (who sponsored the original Hispanic Heritage Week resolution while sitting in the House in 1968) became the first president to declare the 31-day period from September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month. Over the following decades, U.S. Presidents made statements commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month. In recent years, many communities have moved from Hispanic Heritage Month to the more inclusive Latinx Heritage Month.