Hispanic Heritage Month
Published on September 15, 2022
Each year, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the histories and cultures of American citizens whose ancestors hail from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Spain are celebrated during National Hispanic Heritage Month. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting date because five Latin American nations celebrate their independence on that day.
The contributions from this community are as diverse as its people, and the commemoration shines a spotlight on the impact and influences Hispanic Americans have played throughout American history. As of April 2020, the Hispanic population of the United States stood at 18.7%, making it the second largest ethnic or racial group in the melting pot of people and cultures that is our great nation. The wide-reaching influences of Hispanic culture can be seen not only in our everyday lexicon, but in popular cuisine, entertainment, the prevalence of place names of Spanish origin (in southern California alone there are many, like Los Angeles!) and much more.
A key element of Lakewood's Community Dialogue on Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is celebrating the diversity of cultures that Lakewood is proud to have as part of its community. At least 33% of Lakewood residents are of Hispanic descent, and the City of Lakewood proudly joins the federal government, state government and hundreds of public and private organizations in paying tribute to National Hispanic Heritage Month.
On behalf of the Lakewood City Council, Mayor Steve Croft has issued a proclamation(PDF, 3MB) in recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Resources to learn more
HispanicHeritageMonth.gov, a collaboration between multiple agencies including the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and National Archives is also full of fascinating information on special exhibits and collections, audio, videos and images.
Los Angeles County Library
The Los Angeles County Library has compiled a variety of resources to learn, watch, read and get crafty during National Hispanic Heritage Month. This includes a bilingual family concert, a chance to learn more about artist and feminist icon Frida Kahlo, and a very special booklist highlights particular titles that illuminate the joys, struggles and accomplishments of Hispanic people in meaningful and entertaining ways for children.
Explore the L.A. County Library's Hispanic Heritage Month webpage.
Beginning in September at Lakewood’s county libraries, adult residents can pick up a free take-home activity kit focused on Talavera tile, a traditional Mexican ceramic art form highly acclaimed for its quality and beauty. The kit will show you how to make your own Talavera-inspired design on cardstock with colored markers, while supplies last.