Hispanic Heritage Month began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 and in 1988 President Ronald Regan officially recognized Black History Month. September 15th – October 15th was chosen as the celebration period because it is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, with Columbus Day or Día de la Raza on Oct. 12 , which falls in the 30-day period. This year, Martin Luther. King Jr. Recreation Center will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month + La Vida Denton on Saturday, September 16th, at 10 a.m. Dr. Rudy Rodriguez, Pillar of Community, is the keynote speaker. This year’s theme will be “Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America”. The program will feature “La Vida Denton” and promote engagements between Hispanic/LatinX students with the community, creating opportunities for students to build relationships with Denton Businesses and Organizations.
Hispanics and Latinos have a rich history. This history was filled with resistance, sacrifice, and triumph. Through stories, music, and the arts a piece of history is commemorated. The lives of the people will be remembered, and their contributions celebrated. Join us as we come together
to better understand this culturally rich, diverse, and historically underrepresented community of Denton families and children.