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This year, we wanted to do something different: to celebrate the faces, stories, and histories that rarely get put in the spotlight.Let’s honor all people that have Hispanic heritage not just the obvious ones. Prior to this time, little information could be found regarding African American history. 50 years later, the week became a month, and today February is celebrated as African American History Month. Woodson instituted the first week-long celebration to raise awareness of African Americans’ contributions to history.Important achievements were left out of history books, and there was a general misconception that African Americans had made little contribution to U. The month of February was chosen because it celebrates the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both of whom dramatically affected the lives of African Americans.Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) was a writer, lecturer, editor, and civil rights activist who escaped slavery at age 21 and went on to campaign for the abolition of slavery, establish a newspaper, and hold the office of Minister to Haiti.
Just like most countries in Latin America, the vast majority of the Filipino population is Catholic (about 90%).September 15 marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.For a few weeks out of the year, everyone (and every brand) is trying to grab a piece of the Latino pie (some even refer to it as Hispandering Heritage Month.) There will be lots of folkloric dresses and dancing, lots of mariachis and sombreros, lots of taco and Margarita drink specials — you know cuz all Latinos are basically Mexican.One of the largest groups that gets ignored are our Filipino brothers and sisters.As a colony of Spain for just as many years as Mexico, the Philippine Islands have just as much Hispanic cultural influences as any other Latin American country.