ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15, in recognition of the achievements and contributions Hispanic Americans have left on the country. This year’s theme is “Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future.”
In 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a monthlong celebration.
The date 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.
Throughout the month, posters featuring influential Hispanic leaders who have shaped the future will be exhibited throughout campus. The celebration is among events planned as part of the Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.