“Honoring our Heritage. Building our Future.” is the theme for the 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month that begins on September 19 and runs through October 19 – so celebrate!
Hispanic Heritage Month goes back to 1968 and begins on the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence during this period.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, AARP will offer a special membership discount for up to 20% off membership dues for anyone who joins or renews September 10 through October 19 this year. Visit www.aarp.org/heritage and in Spanish at www.aarp.org/herencia for more details.
A Local Program in Kansas City
If you live in the Kansas City area, you are cordially invited to the screening of the series episode Empire of Dreams. The film will be shown on September 12 at the Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery, 915 W. 17th Street in Kansas City, MO. A discussion led by Miguel Carranza, Ph.D., director of Latina/Latino studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City will also be staged. Carranza will be joined by guest scholar Gene Chavez, Ph.D., an expert in the history of Latinos in Kansas City. The 1:30 – 3:30 program will focus on the theme “Latinos Americans: 500 Years of History.” This program is free and open to the public.