Hispanic Heritage Month
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! This month, we celebrate the history, culture, and all the contributions that American citizens’ Hispanic ancestors have made in Latin America.
Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th to October 15th. It begins on September 15th as tribute to the anniversary of the Cry of Dolores or “Grito de Dolores,” the start of the Mexican War of Independence, which ultimately granted now Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua freedom. Plus, Mexico’s and Chile’s independence days are on September 16th and 18th, respectively. And on top of that, Día de la Raza, or what others may know as Columbus Day, falls on October 12th.
Día de la Raza is a day to commemorate all the indigenous cultures forgotten on Columbus Day, including those of Hispanic origin.
In the 1960s, Latino activists demanded acknowledgement and respect for their culture and rights. This led to President Lyndon Johnson to formally observe Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968.
Twenty years later, President Ronald Reagan declared Hispanic Heritage Week to be observed over a 30-day period starting on September 15th and ending on October 15th.
For decades, Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated through performances, exhibits, lectures, and other special events.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of Hispanic workers increased by about 20 million in the last 30 years, and it is projected to increase by over 15 million more in the next 10 years. Today, one in every five people in the workforce is Hispanic.
The New American Economy Research Fund says that Hispanic Americans continue to fill critical workforce gaps in labor-short industries critical to the U.S. economy, such as light industrial and clerical.
Staff Management Group is enriched with a strong and diverse group of employees representing many different countries, including Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and more! We hold in high regard the values and ethics they all bring to the team.
Staff Management Group wants to remind everyone how much strength we draw as a Nation from our immigrant roots and our values as a Nation of immigrants.