LULAC SAYS CELEBRATE THE TRUE MEANING OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
Nation's Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Encourages All Americans to Take A Deeper Look Into Our Community's Contributions
Washington, DC - For most people, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated because it coincides with the week of September 15 and 16 and the legacies of independence in Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Mexico. This year, LULAC encourages America's 62 million Latinos to look deeper into the added significance of this month-long observance from September 15 to October 15.
LULAC National President Domingo Garcia: "LULAC says to everyone, just look around, and you'll see why Hispanic Heritage Month should be the celebration of all Americans. You love everything Latino, from our food to our music, our art, and the beauty of our people. Modelo is now the nation's top-selling beer, tequila the top spirit, and our entertainers, among music's top headliners worldwide. As significant, we are the largest, fastest-growing, youthful population that will propel our nation's economy for the next 100 years." These words from our National President resonate deeply as we reflect on the rich tapestry of Hispanic culture that has become an integral part of the American experience. Hispanic Heritage Month is not just about celebrating the past; it's about recognizing the vibrant contributions of Latinos to the present and the future of our nation.
Ray Mancera, LULAC National Vice-President for the Southwest, reminds us: "Why not take this opportunity to embrace Latinos, the country's labor force, your neighbors, friends, and co-workers, as you would any other people? We welcome you to Nuestra Tierra, our home, for hundreds or thousands of years before you arrived. We didn't cross the border; others invented those to cast us out. But we're not leaving. In fact, we're now in every walk of life, from industry to business to public office." This is a call to unity and understanding. It's a reminder that the Latino community has been an integral part of the American story for generations, contributing to every facet of society. Our shared history is a testament to the strength of diversity and the power of inclusion.
Emma Lozano, LULAC National Vice-President for the Midwest, proudly declares: "We are now the elected officials in city halls, statehouses, and the halls of Congress. And the first Latino president-to-be is already alive and among us. Con gusto, we have much to celebrate and much more to share about the contributions of Nuestro Pueblo. Join us."
Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to showcase the achievements, resilience, and cultural richness of Latinos in the United States. It's a time to honor the trailblazers who have paved the way for future generations and to recognize the potential of our youth who will shape the destiny of this great nation. As LULAC has endured for 94 years, our centennial is looming just beyond the horizon. We will stay the course toward that milestone achievement; our commitment to social justice is stronger than ever, and our zeal for the fight for right is unwavering. LULAC members across the United States and Puerto Rico are the longest-serving social justice volunteers, leaders in their communities, and trusted voices for those who cannot defend themselves. We pledge to continue the mission and say, Que Viva Hispanic Heritage Month y Que Viva LULAC!
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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.