How FPU is Honoring the Celebration of Hispanic Lives
September 15th marks a special day for a lot of people here at FPU. It may not seem like a day that pops out to anyone in particular, but to those with Hispanic backgrounds, it is a day that starts a month of honoring powerful Hispanic leaders before us. September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, a month that recognizes Hispanic Americans’ excellence and contributions.
The U.S. National Archives claims Hispanic Heritage Month as a celebration made to “…Recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. The observation began 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. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.” (Archives.Gov)
The list of Hispanics who have made changes in the world is never-ending. Whether it be social change, like that of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, who tirelessly fought to gain better working conditions for the thousands of labor workers who were underpaid and lived in severe conditions. Or, the work of Sylvia Rivera, the influential Puerto-Rican/Venenzuelan drag queen and icon for the LGBTQ movement, who along with Marsha P. Johnson helped create STAR to help house and support LGBTQ youth and sex workers in Manhattan. This month also honors those who broke barriers and put their people on the map. Great individuals like Rita Moreno, the first-ever Hisapnic American woman to win an Academy Award after her stellar portrayal of Anita in West Side Story. Or, Roberto Clemente, a baseball legend who helped pave the way for other Hispanic Americans in the MLB. He became the first Latin American and Caribbean to win a World Series as a starter, winning the title in 1960. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), a fierce politician who has quickly become one of the biggest voices of the Hispanic American population, fighting not only for them, but the good of the people overall. Lin-Manuel Miranda is another name that comes to mind, a pop-culture legend whose hard work on shows like In the Heights and Hamilton have cemented him as a Broadway icon, as well as earned him some Tony’s. All of these legends from Hispanic backgrounds paved the way for the new Hispanic leaders today.
The more one looks into the huge splash Hispanic Americans have had on the world, the more they will find. Whether it be huge changes, or small movements, they all greatly matter. Being at such a diverse campus, like FPU, is amazing because everyone is seen and heard. Here are some events you can still attend at FPU that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
September 30th: Criminology Club and the Latino Student Union will be hosting a public meeting, discussing hate crimes within the Latinx/Hispanic communities. The meeting will be done at AIMS 113, at 12:45 PM. Everyone is invited, and pizza and drinks will be available!
October 5th: In collaboration with the Athletics department, the ILC will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at FPU’s soccer game as they face Hawaii Hilo! Event starts at 5:00 PM, so go cheer on both the Women’s and Men’s soccer team!
October 9th: In yet another collaboration, the ILC and Athletics are celebrating Sunny’s birthday! Event starts at 2:00 PM, and like all other events, everyone is welcome.
October 15th: To top off the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, come visit the Amphitheater at 12:40 PM to see a live performance by Los Danzantes, a folklorico dance group!
Author: Julian Alcaraz | Features Editor
Graphic: Jesus Zamora