Immigration Fact of the Week Sep. 20

Hispanic Businessman - Headshot PortraitQuestion:

How did the National Hispanic Heritage Month start?

Answer: In 1968, President Johnson designated a week to celebrate Hispanic heritage. In 1988, it was extended to a whole month.

Robert Lopez, who is now an award-winning journalist but was then an intern in the Capitol, was mainly responsible for its change to a month instead of just a week.

Said Lopez about the month-long celebration: “It’s a good way to celebrate our own culture … You can’t really understand American history without understanding Latino history.” National Hispanic Heritage Month lasts from September 15 to October 15.

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