The celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15. The month marks the celebration of independence of several Latin American countries and Mexico and Chile. It also celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The Latino/a/x or Hispanic identity is extraordinarily diverse. That stems from the Americas as a fluid fusion of indigenous, European, and African people and cultures. So, Latinx exist in all shades, shapes, and varieties. Though most widely considered to be an immigrant or descendent from one of 20 Spanish-speaking American and Caribbean countries, some also consider Haitians and Brazilians to be Latinx. That diversity also transfers into different propensities to self-identify: as Latinx versus Hispanic, or as ethnically versus racially Latino.
A microcosm of diversity with a single identity group, contributions made to the country, across the spectrum of the Hispanic/Latinx experience, have given the nation a greater understanding and color.
Here are a few upcoming events in the state that will celebrate and recognize this month
- On September 18, local Latino advocacy non-profit CLUES will be celebrating Fiesta Latina 2021 and their 40th Anniversary.
- Also on September 18, Hispanic Heritage Month can be celebrated at the Northfield Public Library.
- National Park Service - Hispanic Heritage Month
Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month we will share stories from members of our college community highlighting, in part, the diversity of Latinx community as well as the richness of their heritage and culture.