Para La Raza:: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

The beauty of our present time is that we have the power to explore various cultures through life experience, rich texts options, and of course, the internet. As we continue celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, I want to share my perspective on the beauty of a culture so vast and rich—and how you can participate in celebrating our Latino brothers and sisters.

Life Experience

A very practical way to celebrate cultures is to hear the stories of the people around you. We have all been captivated by the many stories that have emerged from the Humans of New York blog. Why not create your own blog and interview the family and friends around you that have immigrated to the United States from a Spanish speaking country?  Here’s mine::

After immigrating to the United States, my dear friend Cintia worked to overcome the barriers that go along with second language acquisition. She soared through schools and graduated with honors, despite the issues that arise when coming to a new country. After graduating, she chose to be a teacher because of the many teachers who helped her share her voice. Her family worked hard to help her through college and after teaching for over a decade, she has now become the first Latina principal at the school she began interning at a few years ago. She is my hero because she knows the struggle and overcame it with such elegance.

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” – Frieda Kahlo

The Power of the Web

The Hispanic culture is rich and spans many countries, experiences and dialects. Thanks to the ‘new normal,’ we are able to experience this through the virtual tours of many museums across our country.

You can visit these museums virtually at any time::

The National Museum of Mexican Art- Chicago

The Smithsonian Latino Center

On October 7th, the Jim Crow Museum is hosting a tour that will focus on the connectedness between Latinx, Afro Latinx, African American cultures.

Rich Texts

Reading is always on trend. So here are some books for you and your family to read and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

The Poet X  by Elizabeth Acevedo

The First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez

How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez

Dominicana by Angie Cruz

How are you celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month?

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