Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved her motion to proclaim September 15 to October 15, 2021 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Los Angeles County:
“As a nation, we honor the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans every year during the months of September and October,” shared Chair Solis. “During this time, many Angelenos celebrate the anniversaries of their native lands’ independence and reflect on the sacrifices and struggles they’ve overcome in an effort to establish a sense of belonging in the United States. As the daughter of working-class, immigrant parents from Nicaragua and Mexico, and the only Latina serving on the Board of Supervisors, I am proud to once again author a motion to recognize the contributions and achievements made by our Hispanic and Latinx communities.”
National Hispanic American Heritage Month has been celebrated for decades as a way to recognize the many accomplishments made by the Hispanic community in the United States of America. Hispanic Heritage Week was first proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson 1968, but was established by legislation that was sponsored by Los Angeles’ Congressman Edward R. Roybal. In 1988, President Regan expanded it to Hispanic Heritage Month and it has since been proclaimed annually. Today, there are over 60 million people of Hispanic and Latino origin in the United States. This makes up for nearly 18% of the American population.
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