Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the rich culture of the Hispanic people. It is observed each year in September and October, recognizing the contributions and histories of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Hispanic and Latino Americans have been an integral part of United States history since they first arrived as immigrants and settlers in the country. Their presence and contributions have shaped American life in the arts, literature, music, sports and food.
Throughout this month, there are many ways you can join in the celebration of Hispanic heritage at home and abroad. You can learn about the Hispanic culture and history, watch great movies or TV shows that feature Latinos, and share Hispanic stories with your family.
The Hispanic Community
The Hispanic population in the United States increased by 19% between 2010 and 2021, according to a recent report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). This increase was more than the 7% increase in the nation’s total population during that period.
In 2021, the Hispanic population is comprised of a large number of different groups with diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Those originating from Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Guatemala had the fastest growth rates.
There are more than 62.1 million Hispanic people in the U.S. This makes them the largest ethnic group in the country.
Hispanics are an important part of our culture and they are a vital resource for the country. They bring valuable skills and experience to the workplace, education and public service, and are also a critical resource for economic development.
Despite their contributions, however, there are still barriers to entry in the Hispanic community. This includes a lack of access to quality housing, healthcare, and education. Fortunately, there are many organizations and programs that are working to remove these barriers for Hispanic people in the U.S.
Latinos in the Media
The television and film industry have a long history of portraying Hispanics in negative or stereotypical ways. This is a serious issue for many of us, but there are ways to make sure that Latinos are seen positively in the media.
One way to do this is by watching films and TV shows that feature well-rounded, positive characters who look like you. These stories can help your children and teens build self-esteem, confidence and awareness of their own cultural background.
Movies & Shows for Kids that Represent Latinos
When kids see positive representation of people who look like them, they feel better about themselves and their communities. This is especially true for children and teens who are members of the Hispanic community.
In addition to highlighting Hispanic characters and creators, these movies and shows also include positive themes and messages that can promote inclusion. The Latino characters on these movies and shows have a unique perspective on issues that affect their communities, such as drug abuse, teen pregnancies, and immigration.