2021 Latinx Heritage Month
Join us September 15–October 15th to celebrate the culture, history, and contributions of the Latinx community.
The Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA)
AILLA provides access to recordings, texts, and other materials in and about many of the Indigenous languages of Latin America. Most materials are freely available to the public, but some are restricted in order to respect cultural protocols and privacy. The Archive primarily serves Indigenous peoples and scholars, and may be useful in language revitalization projects, but is a fascinating and helpful resource for anyone interested in the languages and cultures of Latin America’s Indigenous peoples.
Backstory: After Hurricane Maria–The History of Puerto Rico and the United States
This episode of Backstory, from Virginia Humanities, explores the history of the colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico, addressing some of the questions and confusions some may have about Puerto Rican history and legal status.
Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (TQLM)
Familia: TQLM works at the local and national levels to achieve the collective liberation of trans, queer, and gender-nonconforming Latinxs through building community, organizing, advocacy, and education.
Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Established in 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce. They promote cultural pride, and support Hispanic communities by running public awareness campaigns seen by millions.
Learn about Hispanic culture and history, and get ideas for how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week” in 1968, this holiday celebrates both Hispanic and Latinx American communities, beginning on September 15 (Independence Day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua), and ending on October 15. Find exhibits, online collections, videos, podcasts, lesson plans, and much more on the Hispanic Heritage Month website.
Here are some key facts about the nation’s Latino population by age, geography and origin groups.
Smithsonian Folkways Records
Take a listen through some of the playlists of Latin American music put together by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, including Sounds of Latin America, Afro-Latino Songs, Texas Sounds, Conjunto Essentials, Alza tu Voz, and more.
The Smithsonian Latino Center
By working with the Smithsonian museums and research centers, the Smithsonian Latino Center works to preserve Latino culture and history, to engage with Latino communities, and to advance representation for these communities in the United States. The Center supports research, exhibitions, educational programs, online and virtual resources, as well as leadership and professional development programs for Latino youth, scholars, and museum professionals. In 2022, the Center will open the Molina Family Latino Gallery at the National American History Museum in Washington, D.C. In the meantime, you can take a look at the online exhibits and events they have been collaborating on.
Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
SACNAS is dedicated to supporting Chicano/Hispanic and Native American students and professionals in STEM fields, whether in obtaining degrees, furthering their careers, or taking on leadership positions.
Founded in 1968, UnidosUS has long been a trusted, nonpartisan voice for Latinos in the United States. The organization seeks to support Latinx and Hispanic communities through research, policy analysis, state and national advocacy efforts, and community programs.
United Farm Workers Learning Lab Collection
The Smithsonian and the National Endowment for the Humanities collaborated to bring together this collection of resources about the United Farm Workers, who organized for worker and civil rights during the 1960s and 70s, under the leadership of Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Larry Itliong. Take a moment to look through these resources to learn about how the group brought attention to the mistreatment of farmers–especially Chicano and Filipino workers–through artistic expression, and collective action.
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Catch up on our series of equity and justice in athletics from non-traditional sports, to the Olympics, to young athlete leaders in our community.
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