Hispanic Heritage Month Calendar

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th – October 15th

The purpose of Hispanic Heritage Month is to recognize and celebrate the contributions, history, and culture of Latino Americans. Celebrate with us all month long!

September


 

guatemla_independence_day

15th

On this day, in 1821, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica earned their independence from Spain.

mexican_independence_day

16th

On this day, in 1810, Mexico declared its independence from Spain.

chile_flag

18th

On this day, in 1810, Chile celebrates its independence from Spain.

ellen_ochoa

19th

Ellen Ochoa is an engineer and a former astronaut who was the first Hispanic woman to go into space. She was also the first Hispanic and second woman to serve as the Director of NASA Johnson Space Center.

belize_independence_day

21st

On this day, in 1981, Belize declared its independence from Great Britain.

sonia_sotomayor

23rd

In 2009, Sonia Sotomayer became the first Hispanic woman to serve as Supreme Court Justice and is known for calling to reform the criminal justice system and address issues regarding gender, ethnic identity, and race.

hispanic_heritage_flags

25th

In 1968, a commemorative week to recognize the contributions of the Latinx community was established. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush expanded Hispanic Heritage week to National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th.  National Hispanic Month proclamations have been made annually by every president since then.

ceasar_chavez

31st

Ceasar Chavez is a civil rights activist and American labor leader who cofounded the National Farm Workers Association and organized the most successful boycott in US history leading to better working conditions, access to healthcare and pensions, and an agreement allowing field workers the right to unionize. Ceasar Chavez day is a US federal commemorative holiday celebrated on March 31st every year.

October


 

roberto_clemente

3rd

Robert Clemente was a professional baseball player who became the first Caribbean and Latin American starting player to win a World Series. He spent his time involved in charity work and was a known human rights activist.

circle of people

5th

In 2019, the Hispanic population was the largest ethnic minority group in the US with a total of 60.6 million people.

aoc

8th

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest congresswoman in US history. She advocates for a progressive platform that includes support for tuition-free public college, a Green New Deal, abolishing ICE, Medicare for all, and a federal jobs guarantee.

department_of_state

19th

In 2020, the US Department of State recognizes outstanding Hispanic employees who support diplomatic efforts globally.

pablo_alvarado

11th

Pablo Alvarado is the director of the National Day Laborer Organizing network and he has dedicated his life to reducing the suffering of migrants in the US. He was named one of TIME’s 25 most influential people in America.

Resources


 

Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage Month celebrations focus on the community’s contributions to L.A.

Latinx Heritage Month banners celebrate the stories of USC students

Latinx Heritage Month banners celebrate the stories of USC students

Hispanic Heritage Month: Community Favorites


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Junot Díaz

Dominicana

Dominicana
Angie Cruz

Sabrina & Corina

Sabrina & Corina
Kali Fajardo-Anstine