|Diego Rivera: No. 9, Nature morte espagnole (Spanish Still Life), 1915|
National Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15 and runs through October 15. This year's theme is "Many Backgrounds, Many Stories...One American Spirit."
When I served on the Plainfield Cultural and Heritage Commission several years ago, the commission sponsored a number of activities to celebrate Hispanic/Latino culture in Plainfield, including film screenings, musical events, a dance concert, and an evening of history, discussion, and reflection with a number of prominent Plainfielders, including New Jersey labor leader and former school board member Christian Estevez (also founding member of Latinos Unidos and currently serving as 2nd Vice-Chairman of the Plainfield Democratic City Committee), Flor Gonzalez, President of the Latin American Coalition, and Eva Rosas Amirault of the Bilingual Day Care Center.
We also held a special tribute to the late Councilman Ray Blanco with a special screening of his now-classic 1997 film, Black and White in Exile, an important documentary on Cuban and Haitian exiles and the reception each group received, respectively, upon coming to the United States to seek political asylum. I have provided a link below to the federal government's site, where you can find all kinds of great links on exhibits, history, and other important contributors to our American culture.
Click here: National Hispanic Heritage Month