Let’s celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

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By Cher Pamintuan

September 15 is the start date of Hispanic Heritage Month. Ever wonder why?

September 15, 1821. Any guesses? 

No, not a war. But good guess. 

It was when five Hispanic Countries: El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua declared independence from Spain. They were like later *skatahhh*. 

And get this, Hispanic Heritage Month wasn’t even always a month.

Before it was expanded to a 30-day period under former President Ronald Raegan in 1988, it was recognized as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. 

However, whether Hispanic Heritage is officially celebrated for a week or a month, it holds one purpose. 

To celebrate and recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

For Hispanic Heritage Month, the Adelante Latinos District committee will virtually host one guest speaker every week. What better way to start the celebration than with a woman in office? Ana Guerrero, chief of staff from Mayor Garcetti’s office, will be the first speaker. She will go live on September 16 at 5 p.m. After that students will be allowed to ask questions, either live or in chat. 

“I’m really excited to see us amplify Hispanic/Latinx voices,” Andrea Contreras, Latinos Unidos club advisor, said. “Having events like these allow for our Hispanic/Latinx students to feel pride in their culture and motivates them to learn more about their roots.” 

In addition to guest speakers, the Latinos Unidos club is organizing brief videos that will be released on Tornado TV weekly, featuring different Hispanic men/women who have made a lasting impact on the world. 

Furthermore, the club will also be discussing a variety of things in their meetings and hoping to create fun “socially distant” events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. 

“By hosting these events we simply hope to educate everyone,” Sebastian Guzman (’21), club president of Latinos Unidos, said. “ We think it’s important to spread awareness of our culture because it’s such an essential part of our community, not only in Glendale but in the entire LA county.” 

Juliana Acevedo (’21), a member of Latinos Unidos, is just as proud and excited to inform others about their heritage. 

“ Our culture is one that is centered around music, good food, family, and celebration so everyone can enjoy,” Acevedo said. “I’m hoping more people will come to recognize and be aware of the accomplishments and culture of Latinos, especially given that there is still so much ignorance and hatred when it comes to Hispanics.”