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Nancy Noguera, Associate Professor of Spanish

Why it is important to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States?

The Hispanic Language and culture are evident in most areas of the United States today and it is important to understand and celebrate the contributions made by Hispanics throughout history.

  1. Cultural contributions: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month allows us to recognize and appreciate the rich cultural contributions of the many Hispanic communities. From vibrant music and dance forms like salsa, bachata, boleros, tango, merengue, and flamenco to delicious cuisines like tacos, paella, empanadas, Hispanic culture has greatly enriched the American cultural landscape.
  2. Historical Significance: Hispanic individuals have played a significant role in shaping the history of the U.S. From the early Spanish explorers and settlers to influential figures like Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Sonia Sotomayor, Hispanic Americans have made important contributions to various fields, including politics, civil rights, literature, and the arts. 
  3. Economy Impact: Hispanic Americas continue to make substantial contributions to the American economy. According to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic-owned business contribute over $700 billion annually to the U.S. economy. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month provides an opportunity to acknowledges and support the economic achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Hispanic communities. 
  4. Diversity and Inclusion: This celebration provides educational opportunities for people of all backgrounds to learn about the history, achievements, and contributions of Hispanic Americans. It helps dispel stereotypes and misconceptions promoting a more accurate understanding of Hispanic culture and its impact on American society.  
  5. Inspiration for Future Generations: By celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, we inspire and empower future generations of Hispanic Americans. It highlights the accomplishment of Hispanic individuals, serving as a source of pride and motivation to young people to pursue their dreams. 

Overall, celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S. is essential to acknowledge and appreciate the invaluable contributions of Hispanic communities to the country’s culture, economy, and history. It promotes inclusivity, diversity, and understanding while also inspiring future generations to continue making significant contributions to American society.

DREW VOICES: HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

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