National Hispanic American Heritage Month

September 15, 2015 – October 15, 2015


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 external link icon to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture. Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by President Lyndon Johnson external link icon and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan external link icon in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law external link icon100-402external link icon


The purpose of celebrating Hispanic Heritage is to promote friendly awareness of the Hispanic historical and cultural presence from a positive perspective.

  • Hispanics are under-represented in all areas of U.S. media.
  • Hispanics are a diverse group, made up of many sub-groups, complicating identity.
  • Hispanic contributions to the development of the United States are little known.
  • Hispanics will soon be the largest minority group in the United States.
  • Racism is detrimental to the well-being of the United States.
  • Promotion of outstanding Hispanics serves to break down negative stereotypes.
  • Non-Hispanics and Hispanics will benefit by increased respect.

Food/ Alimentos

Local Lunch 10% Discount:
Arepa Salsa Restaurant
662 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105
Phone: 433-9980
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30am-7:00pm
Friday-Saturday 11:30am-10:00pm
Closed on Sunday

Local Lunch 10% Discount:
Havana’s Pilon Cuban Restaurant
143 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 527-2878
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30am-8:30pm
Closed on Sunday


Latino Memphis
Hispanic Heritage Month
Smithsonian Education Resource Library - Hispanic Resources

Celebrating UTHSC Employees!/Celebrando Empleados!

Julio Cordero-Morales, PhD
Assistant Professor Department of Physiology
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Joseph Swanson, Pharm. D., BCPS
Associate Professor
Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology
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Vanessa Morales-Tirado, PhD
Assistant Professor Department of Ophthalmology
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Rozann Turner
Sr. Reference Service Specialist UTHSC Library & Biocommunications
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