As many – one would hope most – Americans know by now, National Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing…. The nation’s recognition of the heritage, culture, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans actually began September 15 and continues through October 15.
The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Energizing our national diversity!” For other basics of National Hispanic Heritage Month, including the text (in English and Spanish) of the President’s Proclamation as well as brief background and graphics, click here: http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.org/History.html
The events and resources sponsored and produced by federal agencies is overwhelming — a brief listing may even inspire local plans. Note that some of these events and resources are accessible online:
There’s also an idea-provoking calendar, with annotations, describing events happening throughout the nation – clearly it’s not inclusive, but it’s fun to skim — http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.org/Events.html
University of Minnesota librarians have prepared for Hispanic Heritage Month by creating an excellent guide to the Library’s unique resources. “The Diverse Heritage of United States Hispanics: Afro-Hispanics” is an indispensable introduction to the University’s immense resources including the Chicano Database and Informe as well historical and literary works, analysis and academic journals. (http://www.continuum.umn.edu/2016/09/celebrate-hispanic-heritage-month/#.V-KGd1e8xHh)
Organizations with fiscal resources may be interested in shopping options: http://shop.hispanicheritagemonth.org/main.sc
One resource that will touch the heart of everyone is a digital treasure offered by the Academy of American Poets. It’s a selection of Hispanic heritage related poems, essays, videos and multi-media presentations. These are beautiful expressions of ideas, images, and reflections of Hispanic and Latino writers — a lovely way for each of us to listen, view, recognize and appreciate this nation’s Hispanic heritage. Click and share this link – it’s a long link with an overflowing pot of poetic treasures at the end of the search rainbow: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/hispanic-heritagemonth?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Academy%20of%20American%20Poets%20Newsletter%20September%2020&utm_content=Academy%20of%20American%20Poets%20Newsletter%20September%2020+CID_2f63936680eeed6ca25e62fac497d396&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Hispanic%20Heritage%20Month%20page