In 1968 President Lyndon B Johnson first recognized the observation of Hispanic Heritage Week and in 1988 it was expanded to a month long observation by President Ronald Reagan but why? From September 15th through October 15th in the United States, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated to honor Hispanic Americans who "inspired others to achieve success." (U.S National Archives)
The significance of this celebration in September is a representation of the many anniversaries of Latin American independence that happen to fall on September 15th which include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. On September 12th Chile celebrates their independence and Mexico celebrates on September 16th. With as many as 60.5 million Hispanic people in the U.S (18.4% of the U.S population) in 2019 according to the U.S Census Bureau, it's no wonder Hispanic Heritage is such a meaningful and important month!
For a more in depth explanation and research of National Hispanic Heritage Month and Hispanics that have made successful achievements for the Hispanic Community, visit https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/