Hispanic leaders in Nashville make it a point to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month each year. According to hispanicheritagemonth.gov, “The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.”
An online resource for Latinas, Las Fabulosas, encourages Hispanic families to begin the celebrations right at home by starting with a family tree to discover interesting information about heritage, and hopefully get a history lesson along the way. The website also encourages families to host a fiesta in their neighborhood to have neighbors and friends join in the celebration.
The official kick-off for festivities in Nashville will be on September 19th at 5:30pm at Belmont University. The program will include the reading of a proclamation from the Nashville Mayor’s Office for Hispanic Heritage Month, culinary dishes from Hispanic countries and live music.
Also on September 19th, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra will perform at Vanderbilt University in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Blair School of Music.
Conexión Américas will be honoring Hispanic Heritage Month with its annual celebration at the Cannery Ballroom on September 28th at 6pm. The event will include a ceremony to honor young Latino writers from local high schools for their winning entries in the annual “My Hispanic Roots, My American Dream” essay contest. This will be followed by a fiesta at 7pm with live music, authentic Hispanic food and other entertainment.
The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is planning to host its 9th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration and Business and Community Excellence Awards on October 15th to close out the month’s celebrations, at the Waller Law Office in the Nashville City Center building.