3 Reasons to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in 2020

Use Your Voice

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place between the dates of September 15 and October 15. We can use this opportunity to galvanize our community around a cause and this year especially, that cause should be voting.  

For this first time in the United States, more than 30 million Latinos are eligible to vote. Our large numbers mean that our collective voices can make a massive difference in the 2020 elections. This is not about partisan voting – it is about making sure that your voice is heard.

Make a plan to vote, make sure that your friends and family are registered and have a plan, as well. COVID-19 will make things more complicated than a typical election year, so planning to vote early will ease the stress come November 3.

Celebrate our Progress

Now more than ever, we need to bring our diverse community to the forefront of people’s minds, especially because this year, racial tension plagued communities of color. Reasons to celebrate include: Latinos are the fastest-growing ethnicity in the country. The percentage of Latinos that are proficient in English and have some college education has grown in the past decade, and despite what media will have you believe, 4 out of 5 Latinos are U.S. citizens.

Celebrate our Diversity

Celebrating Hispanic heritage began as a week-long celebration in 1968, but turned into a month-long observance twenty years later in 1988. The dates are significant because Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica celebrate their independence days on September 15, followed by Mexico on September 16, Chile, on September 18, and Belize on September 21. It is about much more than tacos, queso and margaritas!

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