As Hispanic/Latino(a)/Latinx Heritage month comes to a close, 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. Although the observance of this month began in 1968, inspired by Latin American countries celebrating their independence days during this period, Latinos and Latinas have had an undeniable and impactful influence on all aspects of U.S. society, including here at the House.
I think of our many staff, Board members and participants of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, not to mention those of the various nations of the Caribbean, of Central America and of South America, who have contributed significantly to the House's history and spirit. And I think of my own mother and father, who immigrated from Peru and from Guatemala, respectively, to fulfill livelihoods, dreams, and ambitions as new Americans.
These are among the stories we celebrate and recognize as part of the fabric 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 122 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 the close of Hispanic/Latino(a)/Latinx Heritage Month 2021 and thank you again for your spirit and your contributions to the House and to our communities.
Juan Carlos Linares
President & CEO