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"Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period."
Juan Felipe Herrera
Juan Felipe Herrera became U.S. poet laureate in 2015, capping a career in letters that began in the gritty outsider-arts scene in Southern California. The first Hispanic American to serve as poet laureate, Herrera has produced several volumes of verse as well as bilingual books for children. "I'm a political poet," he cheerfully admitted to Washington Post writer Ron Charles, further describing himself as "a poet that's concerned with the plight of people who suffer. If words can be of assistance, then that's what I'm going to use."
Read more about Herrera and his work.
"Juan Felipe Herrera." Newsmakers, vol. 3, Gale, 2015. Gale In Context: Biography, Accessed 23 Aug. 2023.
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