Latinx Heritage Month has been celebrated from September 15-October 15 every year since 1968. The celebratory 30-day period begins on September 15 because it commemorates the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, independence day for Mexico falls on September 16 and for Chile, September 18th. It is meant to celebrate the many Latinx histories, cultures and identities of Latinx Americans.
As youth climate activists, Julian Arenas, Sofía Hernández, Alejandro Matehuala, Jennifer Cantero, Jason Naylor, Edelma Saenz, Karin Watson and Selene Lopez share what their Latinx identity, heritage and this month means to them.
1. Julian Arenas, Wisconsin
2. Sofía Hernández, Costa Rica
3. Alejandro Matehuala, North Carolina
4. Jennifer Cantero, Florida
5. Jason Naylor, North Carolina
Edelma Saenz, Florida
Karin Watson, Chile
Selene Lopez, North Carolina
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