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When and Why is Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated?

When and Why is Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated?

  National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in recognition of the historical and cultural contributions of Hispanic Americans. This national observance was first established by Public Law 90-498, approved September 17, 1968, by the 90th Congress. Public Law 90-468 authorized the president to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week each year. On August 17, 1988, the 100th Congress enacted Public Law 10-402, which extended the observance from a week to a month. The annual observance is now a 31-day period beginning on September 15 and ending on October 15. The months of September and October cover a wide range of independence days...

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Pancho Claus - A Bilingual Christmas

Pancho Claus - A Bilingual ChristmasIn his more than sixty years as a singer and songwriter, Eduardo Lalo"Guerrero has given voice to the barrios, weaving their energy, their sorrow,and especially their humor into songs that made Mexican-Americans acrossthe Southwest realize their common identity. In a career that spanned thegreat depression of the 1930's, the zoot suit riots of the 1940's, theChicano movement of the 1960's, and the genuine Mexican-American politicalpower of the 1970's and 1980's, Guerrero embodied the essential humanity ofthe barrios. He transformed what he saw and heard and lived through as achild, into songs that touched millions of...

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Fabian Garcia, Ph.D., Outstanding Biotechnologist--The Father of New Mexico Chile

Fabian Garcia, Ph.D., Outstanding Biotechnologist--The Father of New Mexico Chile

Fabian Garcia, Ph.D., Outstanding Biotechnologist--The Father of NewMexico Chile----------------------------------------------------------------------------Fabian Garcia, a Mexican American agronomist, devoted his life to scienceand to the betterment of his community. Fabian Garcia started his careerin New Mexico at the turn of the century. He led the chile madnessdeveloping the first modern chile variety, the Number 9 chile in 1921. Hisinsect-resistant chile became the first standard variety and the foundationfor subsequent varieties. He also laid the groundwork for the productionof other major crops of the Mesilla Valley--onions, cotton, and pecans.Those who look back at the development of agriculture in New Mexico callGarcia " the father of...

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1999 Hispanic Heritage Month: A Vision for the Future

1999 Hispanic Heritage Month: A Vision for the Future

Hispanic Heritage Month: A Vision for the FutureSuggestions for Hispanic EmploymentHispanic Heritage Month provides an opportunity to focus national attention upon the contributions of the Hispanic community to American society. By presidential proclamation, the tributes and celebrations stretch from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 and include Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day) and the independence days of Mexico and several Central American and Caribbean countries. Each year Hispanic Heritage Month is observed by increasing numbers of agencies. Most of the activities help to spread the word about Hispanic culture and individual and community achievements. These observances accentuate the positive aspect of...

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Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez

Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez

8A SUNDAY, DEC 13, 1998 BATTLE CREEK ENQUIRER A hero whose devotion must be remembered Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez of El Campo, Texas, did not consider himself a hero, although action by Congress in 1981, designated him so. One of 36 Hispanic recipients of the Medal of Honor in this nation's history, Benavidez maintained he was only doing what he had been trained for when he rescued a Special Forces team ambushed on May 2, 1968, inside Cambodia. Late in November, this American hero died at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. But it is up to...

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