Providence Players values its diversity and acknowledges that all people contribute to the well-being of the community. The vast diversity and richness within the Hispanic experience include the longevity of Hispanic heritage in this country—for centuries before Columbus arrived on our shores. Hispanic Heritage Month allows us to reflect on the role of Hispanic Americans in shaping our nation’s history and richness and bringing to light their many achievements and contributions.
“Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.”
The theme this year is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation,” which reinforce the need to ensure diverse voices and perspectives are welcomed in decision-making processes, thereby helping to build stronger communities and a stronger Nation. Providence Players embraces this theme as emblematic of our philosophy to the Community which we serve.
Below is a link to an informative site of related events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
Resources: Library of Congress website.