National Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized each year between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15. This is a time to honor the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
The Hispanic Heritage observance began in 1968 when Congress designated Hispanic Heritage Week on Sept. 15 to celebrate the contributions and achievements of the diverse cultures within the Hispanic community. It was later expanded to 30 days of celebration.
The Sept. 15 date is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.
The past, present, and future of the labor movement is rich with Hispanic leaders and activists who have contributed greatly to bettering the lives of all working people. From Dolores Huerta to Linda Chavez-Thompson and the countless activists leading our movement today, it is truly an honor to witness the advancements made by our diverse movement.
“As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in 2021, may we all take a moment to reflect upon how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope,” said AFGE Women’s and Fair Practices National Vice President Jeremy Lannan. “Hispanic Heritage Month encourages us all as unionists to reflect upon the contributions that the Hispanic and Latino community has made in the past and will continue to make in the future.”
AFGE is proud to be a diverse union that honors the vast experiences and backgrounds of our dedicated union members.
“With having a diverse union, we must also be an inclusive union by embracing and honoring the different cultures of our members, and in doing so we become stronger together as one,” said Lannan.