Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off Sept. 15

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State Rep. Michael Villarreal will make an appearance at the opening ceremony.

By Pam Paz

Established in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson, Hispanic Heritage Week was expanded to Hispanic Heritage Month 20 years later under President Ronald Reagan, according to the Hispanic Heritage Month website.

The 30-day celebration begins Sept. 15 and ends Oct. 15. Mexican and Chilean independence days as well as Columbus Day fall within this period.

With the theme of “Link to Legacy,” this college has events planned Sept. 15 through Oct. 8 in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month.

According to this college’s website, the theme demonstrates links made through media such as the online literary magazine Voices de la Luna and Roberto Gonzales’s award winning online Ernie series.

The opening ceremony is 11 a.m. Monday in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. State Rep. Mike Villarreal will make opening remarks.

Musical group Los Inocentes will perform during the ceremony.

Dr. Patricia Portales, English professor and chair of the Hispanic committee, said Los Inocentes will perform music by the late Tejano singer Lydia Mendoza. Mendoza is featured on the March 2013 Forever Stamp.

For a list of all events, visit http://www.alamo.edu/sac/HHM14/.

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