Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
As a Registered Minority Business Enterprise, Techadox is proud to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. Many Hispanics and members of the Latinx community – both those who have used our contingent workforce services and those who have provided them – have contributed to our success.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual event. Every year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Americans have an opportunity to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
For about 20 years (1968 through 1988), the celebration was only one week long. It was President Ronald Reagan who recognized that that wasn’t enough time to commemorate the many contributions that Hispanics have made to this country and extended it to a full 30 days.
Unlike many other commemorative months, National Hispanic Heritage Month does not run from the beginning to the end of a particular calendar month. It starts on Sept. 15 for a very important reason. For Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua that date marks the anniversary of their independence. Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16; Chile followed on Sept. 18.
You may notice that the traditional celebration of Columbus Day – also known as Día de la Raza – also falls within the dates set out for National Hispanic Heritage Month.
“There isn’t an industry in which Hispanic Americans haven’t made their mark in history, with some of the most iconic politicians, singers, actors, athletes and more coming from Hispanic descent,” says Biography.com.
Among those whose influence they highlight are:
- Roberto Clemente, the right fielder, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was the first major league player from Latin American and from the Caribbean to win a World Series in 1960.
- Rita Moreno, the first Hispanic American woman to win an Academy Award (for playing the role of Anita in West Side Story in 1961)
- Cesar Chavez, one of the founders of the National Farm Workers Association, which became known as the United Farm Workers labor union, and an icon in the fight for Latin American civil rights.
We encourage you to explore the many other stories of influential Hispanic Americans. And, if you let Techadox gig workers provide your customers with the IT support or project management services they need, you’ll have more time to explore.