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It has been 53 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson officially recognized the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans with Hispanic Heritage Week, it later became an entire month of celebration under President Ronald Reagan.

Officially celebrated from September 15 – October 15, this month is set aside each year to highlight the many contributions to American culture that Hispanic and Latino Americans have and continue to make. As one of the largest demographic blocks in the U.S., Hispanic and Latino Americans are a huge part of the population. Making up nearly 20% of the U.S. population at 60 million people, this group is hugely diverse in their origins, income status, languages spoken, religious and political views, and economic habits. Recognizing American Hispanics and Latinos for the culturally rich group that they are is a vital part of the American experience today.

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting just a few notable Hispanic and Latino Americans from the past few centuries. Please take time to check out our weekly Facebook and Instagram posts, share them with your friends, and spend some time learning about these fascinating Americans!