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Celebrating Latino Heritage Month

Latino Heritage Month began in the United States as a week of observation in 1968, called Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, it was expanded to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

The push to recognize the contributions of the Latino community gained momentum throughout the 1960s during the civil rights movement. The timing of Latino Heritage Month coincides with the Independence Day celebrations of several Latin American nations — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Those five nations declared their independence from Spain on September 15, 1821.

Other Latin American countries declared their independence in September. Mexico and Chile declared their independence from Spain in September of 1810, and Belize declared its independence from Great Britain on September 21, 1981.

America has drawn strength and insight from Latino writers, scientists, soldiers, doctors, entrepreneurs, academics, and leaders in labor and government. In Boston, Latinos have led the population growth since 1980, with a 256% increase in population, and now make up 20% of the city. Latinos are a growing share of Boston’s workforce. They are increasingly contributing to Boston’s economy as business owners and entrepreneurs.

This week, the Council adopted a resolution recognizing Latino Heritage Month in the City of Boston.

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