About this Daily Classroom Specials: Hispanic
Heritage Month was written by Lottie Simms, teacher at Miami Lakes
Middle School and former Teachers Network web mentor.
Hispanic Heritage Month is once again upon us. Commencing on September 15, with Independence Day for Central America and ending on October 15, the four weeks are packed with social events and festivals honoring Hispanic contributions to America. Hispanic Heritage Month is the occasion for the Latino community to come together not only to celebrate their accomplishments, but to share with America-at-large our diversity and pride as a people.
Heritage Month climaxes with el dia de la Raza or Columbus Day which
celebrates the fusion of two cultures, the European Spaniard with the
Indigenous People of the Americas. Hispanic-Americans can look back with
pride and acknowledge the impact that Spanish explorers had over the
Americas and the birth of an empire.
In many ways, one month seems paltry when you
consider the contributions made by Hispanics over the course of 500 years of
history. From the earliest mission towns to modern-day Miami, the vitality of
the Latino community has always been evident. And as our presence grows we are
slowly infusing America with our culture even as we in turn become more
American. We will change the face of America even as we will be changed by our
|Over the next
month, we can reflect upon our heritage and renew our sense of la raza even as we embrace American culture. Click on the links to
the right to learn more.