What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

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Thursday marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration honoring the contributions and histories of Americans with roots in Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

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The observance straddles two months, spanning from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, honoring a long-established community whose influence is felt throughout the country.

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“It celebrates a vast community of Americans who have made invaluable contributions to the United States for over 300 years,” said Margie Huerta, executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. 

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“Hispanic and Latinx people are making important contributions to American arts, culture and humanities, and all aspects of society, every single day.”

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Who started Hispanic Heritage Month?

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From newly arrived immigrants to native communities that have called these lands home for centuries, it’s a community that has gained considerable cultural and political clout since the occasion began in 1968 as a weeklong commemoration under President Lyndon Johnson. 

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The legislation was sponsored by California U.S. Rep. Edward Roybal of Los Angeles, an Albuquerque native whose family moved to California when he was six.

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In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law a bill sponsored by Illinois Sen. Paul Simon expanding National Hispanic Heritage Week to its current 30-day period. 

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Reagan used the moment to praise Hispanics and their cultural pillars of church and school, but most of all to extol the virtues of familia.

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