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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month at the Y

At the Y, we believe our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good. That’s why we take the time to honor our American Latinx community during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Hispanic Heritage runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, as opposed to the beginning of the month, because the 15th marks the independence days of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize follow shortly after, on the 16th, 18th, and 21st. 

Almost a fifth of the total U.S. population is Hispanic, according to the Pew Research Center. The Hispanic population in the U.S. is at 59 million and is the second-fastest growing racial or ethnic group behind Asians.

Hispanics have made a significant impact on U.S. culture in business, law, medicine, science, film, sports, dance, music and more. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Nobel Prize winner Luis Walter Alvarez, Astronaut Franklin Ramon Chang Diaz, singer/actress Jennifer Lopez and NFL Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez are just a few notable names that are being celebrated this month.

Throughout the month, The Y will be celebrating our neighbors as well as our American Latinx staff and the impact they have made on our community. Be on the lookout for stories like this and the importance of their Hispanic heritage!