As Hispanic/Latino(a)/Latinx Heritage begins, we at Association House are proud to recognize and celebrate the culture, history, and contributions of the diverse communities that make up our Hispanic/Latino(a)/Latinx populations.This observance began in 1968, inspired by Latin American countries celebrating their independence days during this period and of the undeniable impacts Latinos/as have had on all aspects of U.S. society, including here at the House.
From today through October 15th, the DEI Committee celebrates the stories of our nation’s Hispanic/Latino(a)/Latinx heritage, and yet it is important that we also acknowledge the barriers that Hispanic/Latino(a)/Latinx continue to face in living healthy, safe, and dignified lives as full Americans. We have a long way to go when it comes to fighting systematic inequalities, and this month serves as an important milestone of our strength in unity.
Nevertheless, Association House has been proud to serve the Hispanic/Latino(a)/Latinx community in Chicago for 123 years, and in recent years we have been privileged to join with neighbors that celebrate Latinx culture year-round. In the Latinx arts, these partners include Urban Theater Company and the National Museum for Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, both down the street along the Paseo (Division Street) and worth a visit.
Saludos amigos on Hispanic/Latino(a)/Latinx Heritage Month 2022 and thank you again for your spirit and your contributions to the House and to our communities.