All of us at CNE would like to take time to recognize not only our Hispanic neighbors in Chattanooga, but Hispanics all over the world!
Read further to find a history of Hispanic Heritage Month and learn more about ways you can celebrate right here in Chattanooga.
What is Hispanic Heritage Month?
Great question! Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Originally, however, it was known as Hispanic Heritage Week and was started by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968. It was not until 1988 that a whole month of celebration was set aside beginning on September 15 and ending October 15. September 15 was chosen since it is the anniversary of independence for many Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
How You Can Celebrate in Chattanooga
You don’t have to visit a Latin American country to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month; there are many events happening locally in Chattanooga!
The Latino Leadership Awards
This annual event centers around recognizing the accomplishments of Chattanooga’s Latino Leaders in both career achievement and community involvement. In fact, our own Daniela Peterson is an honoree this year for her work as our Community Engagement Specialist!
The Awards will take place on September 18. Learn more about the event here.
An Evening in Venezuela
Hosted by Mad Priest Events, An Evening in Venezuela offers authentic Venezuelan cuisine, cocktails, and entertainment designed to celebrate the history and culture of this beautiful country.
Doors will open on September 15 at 6pm, and the entire evening is family-friendly. Learn more about this event and how you can purchase tickets here.