Every 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.This observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was later expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period that begins on September 15 and ends on October 15. September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for many Latin American countries. Also, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 nd September 18, respectively.
In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of Pittsburgh is hosting several events during our Hispanic Heritage Week:
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm- City Council Post Agenda on Latino Community Relations in Pittsburgh
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 6:30-8:30 pm- University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh’s Hispanic Community: A Focus on Healthcare
Wednesday, October 3, 2012- Latino America Cultural Union in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series: “La Guagua Aerea” (Luis Molina Casanova, 1993, Puerto Rico)
Friday, October 5, 2012 12-8 pm- Fair in Market Square. Come celebrate our City’s Hispanic culture by enjoying performances from local artists and visiting vendors in Market Square.
Saturday, October 6, 2012- Latino America Cultural Union in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series:“Nueba Yol” (Angel Muñiz, 1995, Dominican Republic)
R. Daniel Lavelle
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Office of Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle
414 Grant Street, 5th Floor | City County Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2134 | facsimile 412-255-0737