South Florida commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month

Image of Latin American flags | Abdul Djabbour, PantherNOWImage of Latin American flags | Abdul Djabbour, PantherNOW

Abdul Djabbour | Staff Writer

Numerous unique events, initiatives, exhibitions, and websites honor the remarkable achievements made by Latinos/Hispanics as well as their ancestry, culture, and spirit.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept 15 to Oct 15, and celebrates the language, sports, customs, and contributions to the world of art, music, and medicine by the Hispanic community.

Miami is dominated by Hispanic culture. The music of reggaetón, merengue, bachata, and salsa can be heard erupting from the restaurants, nightclubs, and businesses throughout neighborhoods like Calle Ocho, Doral, Little Havana and Hialeah.

Former president Lyndon Johnson established the celebration in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week. Ronald Reagan later expanded it in 1988 to a 30-day celebration.  

Hispanic Heritage Month is significant and valuable because the Latino and Hispanic community in Miami is one of the largest in Florida and has a variety of ethnicities and cultures. Miami has a population that is 71.57% Latino or Hispanic and more than 64.8% of the students at Florida International University are Latino or Hispanic.

Artwork of various artists and politicians from Latin American countries in Little Havana. | Photo via Latino US

FIU kicks off this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month with Hora Loca on Monday, Sept 19, at 12:00 p.m. at GC Pit, part of a series of activities leading up to Noche Latina is this hour of music, food, and entertainment.

Hispanic Heritage Month Dance Class is an event on Tuesday, Sept 20 at 6:30 p.m. in WRC 224, Blue Room. This event is to learn, workout and practice how to dance Zumba which is used to celebrate Latin history and culture.

On Sept 26 at 6:00 p.m. FIU is hosting a Noche Latina event at Modesto Maidique Campus in the GC Ballrooms where people can enjoy Latin music and free food.

Miami, which is considered the entry point to Latin America and the Caribbean, also commemorates National Hispanic Heritage Month with activities, festivals, sales, conferences, and music. 

Miami Beach Hispanic Heritage Celebration at The Bandshell takes place on Saturday, Sept 24 at 5:00 p.m. The city of Miami Beach is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a free event with singer-songwriter, Melina Almodóvar “La Muñeca de la Salsa” and her salsa orchestra.

On Friday, Sept 30,  the Miami Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation Center or MDCR is having their MDCR: Hispanic Heritage Celebration. This year’s celebration of South and Central America will feature a variety of cuisine, lively entertainment with influencers, musicians, and fun activities such as dance lessons, raffles and karaoke.

On Saturday, Oct 15, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the town of Miami Lakes is hosting Hispanic Heritage Month: Experience Venezuela, a free event that will feature music, cuisine, and education as well as a chance to mingle and learn more about South American culture. This year Venezuela will be the featured country.

Latinos and Hispanics have contributed significantly to the United States. They represent the American dream and have made incalculable contributions to the states. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to honor Latino roots and culture.

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