Hispanic Heritage Month

We are celebrating our Hispanic and Latino athletes all month long in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month which starts on September 15th and will last until October 15th. Want to know why it starts on the 15th? Read on below about the month-long celebration and learn why it’s important! Join the celebration by using our great resources, like the Zoom Backgrounds!


The Facts

Hispanic Heritage Month began as a week of remembrance when it was introduced by California Congressman George E. Brown in June of 1968.

In September of 1968, Congress passed a Public Law which authorized and requested the President to issue annual proclamations that declare that September 15 and 16 marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Week

From 1968 until 1988, each president released a yearly proclamation to honor Hispanic Americans for one week. Until 1987, when the U.S. Representative Esteban E. Torres of California proposed extending the celebration to cover a 31-day period instead of a week so that the nation could “properly observe and coordinate events and activities to  Hispanic culture and achievement.”

On September 14, 1989, President George H.W. Bush chose to extend the annual week to a 31-day period from September 15th to October 15th as National Hispanic Heritage Month. 

September 15th was selected as the first day of the celebration because it coincides with the Independence Day of five countries’ independence from Spain in 1821. These countries were: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.


Additional Resources


Activities

Zoom Backgrounds
Virtual backgrounds are one of the easiest ways to celebrate the Latino and Hispanic communities! From September 15th-October 15th you can replace your normal backdrop with one that celebrates all of the Hispanic Heritages! Get your friends and co-workers to share and join in on the Hispanic celebration all month long!

Right-click the image then save as to your computer. Open your Zoom application and update your background to the file you saved from this page.

Coloring Sheets

  • Directions
    • Click and save the images below to your device.
    • Print the page out and color it! [Personalize and make them your own!]
    • Take a picture of your drawing! Whether a selfie with you and your amazing creation or just your art!
    • Then post it on social media and tag us using the social handles below!

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