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RACE & JUSTICE: Hispanic Heritage Month


"Each year, Americans observe National 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 by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period."


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My Identity is a Superpower -- Not an Obstacle | America Ferrera

"Hollywood needs to stop resisting what the world actually looks like, says actor, director and activist America Ferrera. Tracing the contours of her career, she calls for more authentic representation of different cultures in media -- and a shift in how we tell our stories. 'Presence creates possibility,' she says. 'Who we see thriving in the world teaches us how to see ourselves, how to think about our own value, how to dream about our futures.'"

Institutions with National Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

What's Missing From the American Immigrant Narrative | Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez

"Recounting her story of finding opportunity and stability in the US, Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez examines the flaws in narratives that simplify and idealize the immigrant experience -- and shares hard-earned wisdom on the best way to help those around us. 'Our world is one that flourishes when different voices come together,' she says."

Hispanic Heritage Month Biographies & Memoirs

Hispanic Heritage Month Media

Movies, TV Series, & Documentaries

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Antes De Que Nos Olviden (Matías Gueilburt) — HBO Max

Buena Vista Social Club (Wim Wenders) — HBO Max

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (Deborah S. Esquenazi) — Peacock

The Latino List (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders) — HBO Max

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It (Mariem Pérez Riera) — Netflix

Lorena, Light-Footed Woman (Juan Carlos Rulfo) — Netflix

Halftime (Amanda Micheli & Sam Wrench) — Netflix

The Sentence (Rudy Valdez) — HBOMax

Pelé (Ben Nicholas & David Tryhorn) — Netflix

Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire (Elsa Flores Almaraz & Richard Montoya) — Netflix

A Tale of Two Kitchens (Trisha Ziff) — Netflix

After Maria (Nadia Hallgren) — Netflix


Tortilla Soup (Maria Ripoll) — Prime Video

Father of the Bride (2022) (Gary Alazraki) — HBOMax

McFarland, USA (Niki Caro) — Disney+

Roma (Alfonso Cuarón) — Netflix

Coco (Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina) — Disney+

Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston) — HBOMax

Even the Rain (Icíar Bollaín) — Netflix

The Book of Life (Jorge R. Gutierrez) — HBOMax

Under the Same Moon (Patricia Riggen) — HBOMax

Real Women Have Curves (Patricia Cardoso) — HBOMax

Encanto (Jared Bush, Byron Howard, & Charise Castro Smith) — Disney+

West Side Story (Steven Spielberg) — HBOMax

The Mask of Zorro (Martin Campbell) — Netflix

TV Series

Diary of a Future President (Ilana Peña) — Disney+

One Day At a Time (Gloria Calderón Kellett & Mike Royce) — Netflix

Ugly Betty (Silvio Horta & Fernando Gaitán) — Hulu

Jane the Virgin (Jennie Snyder Urman) — Netflix

Vida (Tanya Saracho) — Hulu

The Bridge (Elwood Reid, Björn Stein, & Meredith Stiehm) — HBOMax

East Los High (Carlos Portugal & Carlos Reza) — Hulu

George Lopez (Robert Borden, Bruce Helford, & George Lopez) — Peacock

On My Block (Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft, & Lauren Iungerich) — Netflix

Orange Is the New Black (Jenji Kohan) — Netflix

Narcos (Carlos Bernard, Chris Brancato, & Doug Miro) — Netflix

Money Heist (Álex Pina) — Netflix

True Colors (David Freid) — Peacock

Many popular streaming platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime Video, have collections of curated media to help users celebrate Hispanic storytellers. Check out each of the streaming platforms for more media recognizing Hispanic people, history, and culture!

Nonfiction for Hispanic Heritage Month

What Being Hispanic and Latinx Means in the United States | Fernanda Ponce

"Fernanda provides a first-person account of identity--addressing stereotypes and assumptions and inviting the audience to dig deeper into the Latinx experience in the United States. Fernanda addresses the role of Latinx people in shaping the culture, politics, and economy of the USA. Fernanda was born and raised in Chicago, IL by Mexican immigrant parents, and grew up constantly surrounded by the large and diverse Hispanic and Latino community. Fernanda proudly identifies as a part of this community as a Latina, Hispanic, and Mexican American."

Online Exhibits & Digital Libraries/Archives

I’m Mexican. Does that Change Your Assumptions about Me? | Vanessa Vancour

"We are really good at forming judgements of other people and jump to conclusions based on how they look, sound, by their last names and by the color of their skin. But imagine if you could develop a simple tactic to challenge the assumptions that limit your life? Vanessa is a former TV anchor with a passion for bilingual storytelling. She loves journalism, culture, and believes in living an integrated life."

Podcasts to Check Out!

Fiction by Hispanic Authors

The House of the Spirits: A Novel / Isabel Allende ; translated from the Spanish by Magda Bogin
The House on Mango Street / Sandra Cisneros
The Alchemist / Paulo Coelho; translated by Alan R. Clarke
How the García Girls Lost their Accents / Julia Alvarez
Love In the Time of Cholera / Gabriel García Márquez
Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies / Laura Esquivel; translated by Carol Christensen and Thomas Christensen
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon / Jorge Amado; translated from the Portuguese by James L. Taylor and William L. Grossman
One Hundred Years of Solitude / Gabriel García Márquez
Hopscotch / Julio Cortázar
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love / Oscar Hijuelos
Bless Me, Ultima / Rudolfo A. Anaya
The Death of Artemio Cruz / Carlos Fuentes
Betrayed by Rita Hayworth / Manuel Puig
So Far from God: A Novel / Ana Castillo
The Naked Woman / Armonía Somers; translated by Kit Maude; afterword by Elena Chavez Goycochea
Daughter of Fortune: A Novel / Isabel Allende; translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden
El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry / edited by Martín Espada
Fade Into You / Nikki Darling
Looking for the Gulf Motel / Richard Blanco
The Little Devil and the Rose: Lotería Poems = El Diablito y la Rosa: Poemas de la Lotería / Viola Canales
Men of Maize / Miguel Angel Asturias; translated from the Spanish by Gerald Martin
The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas: A Novel / Joachim Maria Machado de Assis; translated from the Portuguese by Gregory Rabassa; with a foreword by Enylton de Sá Rego and an afterword by Gilberto Pinheiro Passos
Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda / translated by Stephen Mitchell
Fantastic Short Stories by Women Authors from Spain and Latin America: A Critical Anthology / edited by Patricia García and Teresa López-Pellisa
Celestina / Fernando de Rojas ;translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden; edited and with an introduction by Roberto González Echevarría
Other Fires: Short Fiction by Latin American Women / edited by Alberto Manguel
Twilight at the Equator: A Novel / Jaime Manrique
Eleven Days / Brianda Domecq; translated by Kay S. Garcia
Iaiá Garcia / Machado de Assis; translated by Albert I. Bagby, Jr
Albuquerque / Rudolfo Anaya
The Hand & the Glove / Machado de Assis; translated by Albert I. Bagby, Jr.; with a foreword by Helen Caldwell
An Empty House / Carlos Cerda; translated by Andrea G. Labinger
Chicano: A Novel / Richard Vasquez
Cross Over Water / Richard Yañez
The Magic of Blood / Dagoberto Gilb
La Mollie and the King of Tears: A Novel / Arturo Islas; edited with an afterword by Paul Skenazy
Coachella / Sheila Ortiz Taylor
City of a Hundred Fires / Richard Blanco
Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in Between Worlds / edited by Sergio Troncoso
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