Each year, Americans observe Latinx/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 to a month-long celebration by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.
"The word Hispanic, first coined by the Census Bureau as a means of categorization, refers to those who come from Spanish speaking countries. Latino/Latina (Latinx in gender expansive form) refers to those who come from countries in Latin America. While there is great overlap, not all Latin Americans speak Spanish and not all Hispanics are Latin American. The term Latinx also acknowledges the indigenous populations of Latin America who speak over 560 unique languages." (YOUAA Committee)
The Consortium Library has a broad collection of materials pertaining to Latinx/Hispanic history and culture as well as books written by Latinx/Hispanic authors. This guide provides a sampling of the variety of materials we have available. For more information or for help in locating materials, please contact a librarian.
Check out the UAA events calendar for Latinx Heritage Month Celebrations throughout the month!
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