National Hispanic American Heritage Month has been celebrated for decades and recognizes the many accomplishments made by the Hispanic, Latino, Latina, and Latinx community in the United States of America. As a nation, we honor the history, culture, and contributions of our ancestors who came from Hispanic and Latino origins from September 15 to October 15 every year. Hispanic Heritage Week was first proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, but was established by legislation that was sponsored by Los Angeles’ Congressman Edward R. Roybal. Federally recognized in 1988, President Regan expanded it to Hispanic Heritage Month.
On September 27, 2022, after a motion put forth by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, the Board of Supervisors proclaimed September 15 to October 15, 2022 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Los Angeles County. To view the motion, click here.
“During this time, we reflect on the sacrifices and struggles Latino Americans have overcome to establish a sense of belonging in this country. Latino Americans are entrepreneurs, artists, public servants, and servicemembers committed to building a brighter future for generations to come,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, representing the First District.
The County of Los Angeles will continue its tradition of recognizing the achievements made by the Hispanic, Latino, Latina, and Latinx community, who make up almost 49% of the County’s population.
“The contributions of our Hispanic communities are immeasurable. From the diverse cultures that make our County stronger to the history, food, music, art, and more, Hispanic heritage and its influence are all around us. I’m proud to join in celebrating and honoring the accomplishments and contributions of Hispanic communities throughout the County,” said Board Chair Holly J. Mitchell, representing the Second Supervisorial District.
May we continue to recognize the history, culture, and contributions from the many diverse Hispanic, Latino, Latina, and Latinx communities not only this month, but all year round.