SEPTEMBER 15-OCTOBER 15—More than half a century ago, Americans began celebrating our nation’s rich Hispanic heritage. President Johnson began with a week-long festival in 1968, which was extended to a whole month by President George H.W. Bush in 1989.
Why does this “month” start in the middle of a month? Because independence movements across Latin America began in mid-September 1810 with an event known as the Cry of Dolores. This touched off the Mexican War of Independence and, within a decade, the former colony of New Spain broke up into independent nations of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Care to learn more?
Our publishing house has a number of books that are helping readers to learn about our Hispanic and Latino heritage. First, here is a quick video overview:
Where can I find these Hispanic-themed books?
We recommend that you start with 100 Questions & Answers about Hispanics and Latinos, a terrific resource book produced by the Michigan State University School of Journalism along with a blue-ribbon panel of Hispanic leaders nationwide.
Two other books in this MSU “Bias Busters” series explore related subjects:
- 100 Questions and Answers about Immigrants to the U.S.
- And, True Border: 100 Questions and Answers about the U.S.-Mexico Frontera.
Care to see the entire list of 18 volumes in the MSU Bias Busters’ series? Here is the Bias Busters series page at Amazon.
Solutions for Success is a book about an innovative program in Detroit that teaches Hispanic-immigrant parents English while these parents also are ensuring their children’s success at school. From cleaning up schoolyards to hosting a neighborhood celebration of literacy, these newcomers are transforming their city.