On Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, Mayor Bruce Teague signed a proclamation announcing Iowa City will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, 2021.

The full proclamation can be found online.

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latinx Americans. The month is celebrated nationwide through festivals, art shows, conferences, community gatherings, guest speakers, and more. The month also celebrates the independence days of several Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on Sept. 15, Mexico on Sept. 16, and Chile on Sept. 18.

The observance of Hispanic and Latinx contributions began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the observance to cover 30 days. You can learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month at its website. The website includes exhibits and collections to explore online, videos, and resources for teachers.

City-sponsored National Hispanic Heritage Month events

A series of events will be held in Iowa City throughout the month. Visit icgov.org/HispanicHeritageMonth for more information. If you or your organization has a National Hispanic Heritage Month event to share, please send event details to humanrights@iowa-city.org

Graphic for National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Date of publication

Thursday, September 09, 2021