Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month or Hispanic Heritage month (official government designation), recognizes and honors the enduring contributions and importance of Latinx community members in the U.S.
At Brooklyn Friends School we embrace, celebrate, and amplify our understanding of Latinx heritage identity to include the enduring origins legacy of diaspora rooted in the many peoples who have been made invisible by its colonialized, assimilated and denativized experiences. This includes, but is not limited to, Indigenous, African, Asian, Arabic identities, histories, cultures, and civilizations.
We center the intersectional reality of being Latinx in community and recognize the diaspora as a powerful representation of breadth, displacement, reinvention, and community building that exists across the map, in the beauty of our diversity and the enactment of our fight for civil rights.
The term “Latinx” relates to people of Latin American origin or descent and is used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina. “Hispanic Heritage” month first began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon B. Johnson. It was expanded to cover a 30 day period by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 and is now officially celebrated from September 15 to October 15. Mid-September was chosen because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries, such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
Join with us in celebrating this joyous month by visiting our community padlet!