National Hispanic American Heritage Month

Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America
September 15 – October 15


National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture. Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by PresidentLyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law100-402.

Local Lunch Discounts:

Category: Mexican
El Mezcal (10% discount)
1492 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 274-4264
Discount is applicable: (Monday – Friday) 11:00am-3:00pm from September 15 thru September 29 only.
Only valid at Union Avenue location.

Categories: Cuban, Mexican
Los Compadres (5% discount)
3295 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111
Discount is applicable: (Monday – Sunday) 11:00am-3:00pm from September 15 thru October 15 only.
Only valid at Poplar Avenue location.

Film Series

Also, to celebrate the month, the Office of Equity and Diversity will offer a showing of the PBS Four Part Series: Black in Latin America. Black in Latin America, a new four-part series about the influence of African descent on Latin America, is the latest production from renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The series examines how Africa and Europe came together to create the rich cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Haiti & the Dominican Republic An Island Divided
Thursday, September 20
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (time change from first posting)
Madison Plaza Conference Room (C-1)
In the Dominican Republic, Professor Gates explores how race has been socially constructed, and how the country's troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves hard fight for liberation became a double edged sword.

Cuba: The Next Revolution
Thursday, September 27
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (time change from first posting)
Madison Plaza Conference Room (C-1)
In Cuba Professor Gates finds out how the culture, religion, politics and music of this island are inextricably linked to the huge amount of slave labor imported to produce its enormously profitable 19th century sugar industry, and how race and racism have fared since Fidel Castro's Communist revolution in 1959.

Brazil: A Racial Paradise?
Thursday, October 4
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (time change from first posting)
Madison Plaza Conference Room (C-1)
In Brazil, Professor Gates explores how this 'rainbow nation' is waking up to its legacy as the world's largest slave economy.

Mexico & Peru: A Hidden Race
Thursday, October 11
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Madison Plaza Conference Room (C-1)
Professor Gates explores the almost unknown history their significant black populations: the two countries together received far more slaves than did the United States.

Local Resources:

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Online Resources:

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