Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

September 15, 2017 through October 15, 2017 is Hispanic Heritage Month!  Come visit the library and check out our display featuring information & books by and about Hispanic & Latinx-Americans.

Here’s some information about the history & celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month:

“In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. In 1989, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.”
(via census.gov)

“The activities that take place during the month, particularly in cities with large Hispanic populations, focus on how Latin[x]s have made the United States a richer and more interesting place to live. They include performances by Latin[x] musical groups, lectures about Hispanic life, and special awards presentations to Latin[x]s who have made significant achievements in business, education, or the arts. In Washington, D.C., Hispanic members of Congress and other political leaders sponsor an annual dinner at which awards are presented.”
(The American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style; accessed via the library database Credo Reference.)

What does Latinx mean?

“Latinx was originally formed in the early [’00’s] as a word for those of Latin American descent who do not identify as being of the male or female gender or who simply don’t want to be identified by gender.

Latinx is used generally as a gender-neutral term for Latin Americans, but it has been especially embraced by members of Latin LGBTQ communities as a word to identify themselves as people of Latin descent possessing a gender identity outside the male/female binary.”
(via https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/word-history-latinx)

On the difference between Hispanic and Latino/Latinx:

“Hispanic and Latino[/Latinx] are both widely used in American English in referring to a person of Spanish-language heritage living in the United States. Though often used interchangeably, they are not identical, and in certain contexts their differences can be significant. Hispanic, from the Latin word for “Spain,” is the broader term, potentially encompassing all Spanish-speaking peoples in both hemispheres and emphasizing the common denominator of language among communities that sometimes may seem to have little else in common. Latino[/Latinx]—a shortening of the Spanish word latinoamericano—refers more exclusively to persons or communities of Latin American origin.

Note that Hispanic and Latino[/Latinx] refer only to language and culture; neither term should be thought of as specifying racial makeup. It is worth remembering, too, that the growing Hispanic population of the United States is made up of people from many different national and ethnic backgrounds who do not necessarily compose a unified community. Depending on circumstances, using such terms as Mexican American, Cuban American, or Puerto Rican is often preferable to lumping people together as Hispanic or Latino[/Latinx].”
(The American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style; accessed via the library database Credo Reference.)

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