National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the achievements, contributions, culture, and history of Hispanic and Latin American people. The month-long celebration begins on September 15 commemorating the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
The 2022 theme for National Hispanic Heritage Month is "Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation."
Origins of National Hispanic Heritage Month
The commemoration kicked off in 1968 as a week-long event. It expanded to four weeks and was enacted into law in 1988 to reflect Mexico's, Chile's and Belize's Independence days and now ends October 15.
Latin American Population Facts
The Latin American population reached a record 62.1 million people (or 18.7%) in the U.S. in 2020. Over the past decade, the Latin American population has slowed as the annual number of births to Latina women has declined and immigration has decreased, especially from Mexico.
Commemorate Latin American History Year-Round
National Hispanic Heritage Month is an excellent time to explore the rich history and culture of Latin American people as well as the societal bias the community faces. As with other similarly themed months, it is wise not to isolate the exploration of Latin American history and culture into one month during the year. Remember, Latino history is American history. Integrating it into the curriculum throughout the school year makes good sense.
Upcoming Author Read Aloud
Wednesday, September 28 @ 4 PM ET
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, join ADL and award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh.
Both Mexican and American, his artwork is inspired by pre-Columbian art. Tonatiuh’s aim is to create images and stories that honor the past, but are relevant to today’s people, especially children. Featured books include Separate is Never Equal and Dear Primo.
Below are PreK-12 curriculum and other resources you can use to bring the themes of Hispanic Heritage Month to your schools and classrooms.