During National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, America celebrates the culture and traditions of Spanish speaking residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Did you know:
September 15th is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for the following 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.
Latinos are the nation’s largest minority group and among its fastest growing populations. According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2013), the Latino population in 2012 was 53 million, making up 17% of the U.S. population. The Latino population growth between 2000 and 2010 accounted for more than half of the nation’s population growth.
Montgomery County Hispanic Community Facts:
- According to the U.S. Census, Montgomery County has the largest percentage of Hispanics in Maryland: 17.9%.
- 28.8% of Montgomery County’s students are Hispanic.
- 10% of Montgomery County’s businesses are Hispanic owned, compared to 5% of the entire state.
Montgomery County announces several local events that will occur during Hispanic Heritage Month – September 15 to October 30 – throughout the County and region.
September 17 – October 7 – the American Film Institute (AFI) presents the annual Latin American Film Festival including films from Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and many other countries. This year’s selection of films will once again include numerous international film festival favorites, award winners, local box office hits and debut works by promising new talents. Check their website for show times of featured films – http://www.afi.com/silver/laff/.
September 18 – Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in Montgomery County will start off with the Executive Hispanic Gala to help Latino dreamers achieve higher education. This year’s celebration will be held Thursday, September 18 at the Fillmore Silver Spring. Click here for more information.
October 5. 6 – 7 PM – In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Multicultural Affairs Committee is hosting a free reception on October 5, 2015 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park. The public is invited to meet the artists of The Latino Art League and learn more about their artwork, on exhibit at the Activity Center from September 4 through October 25.
October 18, 12-5 PM – The World of Montgomery Festival at Montgomery College on Sunday October 18th will celebrate the diverse cultural heritages which play an active role in the lives of Montgomery County residents and communities. The festival showcases this rich diversity through food, music, dance, traditional arts and hands-on projects for children and families. The festival also will include immersive exhibits focusing on four countries with some of the largest immigrant populations in Montgomery County: China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and India.
October 22-25 – Greater Washington Immigration film fest. This three-day event will screen around 10 films that display perspectives on migration from the experiences of adults and children during and after arriving to the United States. Click here for screening locations.
October 1, 6 – 11 PM – The 4th Annual Montgomery County Hispanic Heritage Celebration, Silver Spring Civic Building, Grand Ballroom http://hhcmd.com