Hispanic Heritage Month
The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM)
Announced the 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month observance theme: “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.”
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed annually between September 15th and October 15th, celebrates the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Americans. The observance started in 1968, when President Lyndon Johnson authorized the Hispanic Heritage Week. It was expanded to a month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.
It may seem odd that the celebration spans two months, but there is a very good reason! Eight Latin American countries’ independence days fall between September 15 and October 15 (although it’s very commonly misunderstood that Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day). During Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate these countries' desire for sovereignty and independence.
The Hispanic Presence in Anne Arundel County
Latin Americans have been in “America” since the early 1800’s, when the United States annexed Florida, Louisiana, and parts of Mexico. Subsequent expansion of U.S. territories, combined with waves of immigration from the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Europe have steadily increased the number of Hispanic Americans throughout the country.The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2018 was 59.9 million, which made persons of Hispanic origin the largest ethnic or racial minority in the country.
At that time, Hispanic Americans were 18.3% of the country's total population. One of the key findings in the 2020 Census was the explosive growth of the Hispanic population. There are currently an estimated 62.1 million Hispanics in the country, representing 18.7% of the population.
There are more than half a million Hispanic Marylanders, who comprise roughly ten percent of our state’s population. They are the fastest growing demographic group in the state.
Similarly, according to the 2020 Census, the Hispanic population in Anne Arundel County is about nine percent of our total population. They are the fastest growing demographic group in the county.
Language of Anne Arundel County, Maryland
88.6% of Anne Arundel County, Maryland residents speak only English, while 11.41% speak other languages.
The largest non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.5% of the population.
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