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.
In Lemon Grove, we have a rich history of contribution to our community by Hispanic-Americans. A beautiful children's book was just published about the "Lemon Grove Incident" entitled Todos Iguales/All Equal: Un corrido de Lemon Grove/A Ballad of Lemon Grove, where the children of local farm workers fought for access to an equal education as the children of local citrus farm owners in town. This book is available in all of our library-media centers at our schools, as well as the Lemon Grove Library. Click here for more info.
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.
https://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/ Source: The Library of Congress