Hispanic Heritage Month
Today marks the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), an annual celebration of the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. This month we honor the histories and traditions of individuals and communities with roots in Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Spain, recognizing their enduring cultural impact and continued accomplishments.
Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1988, the week-long observance was extended to the full month-long celebration we know today. The start date of September 15 corresponds with the Independence Days of several Latin American countries, including Coast Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The time period also encompasses the Independence Day celebrations of Mexico (September 16), Chile (September 18), and Belize (September 21).
Each year, the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM) selects a theme to inspire reflection and guide the month’s celebrations. The 2021 theme is Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope. According to NCHEPM, “The theme celebrates our Hispanic heritage and our resilience. It provides us the opportunity to reflect on those who came before us and held onto hope to create a better tomorrow.”
As we reflect on this theme, we celebrate the essential contributions of all Hispanic and Latino team members to our resilient and diverse NWP team. Each week now through October 15, follow along here and on our LinkedIn Page for interviews with Hispanic leaders from across Northwest Pipe as they share their experiences and consider what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them.