Hispanic Heritage Month Offers Learning Moments

Thursday, September 17, 2015 Written by 
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During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize and celebrate the important contributions and presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States.


Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.


The terms Hispanic or Latino incorporates everyone of Spanish culture or origin, regardless of nationality.  This includes, but is not limited to Spanish, Mexicans, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, South or Central Americans, and Cubans. 


With Hispanics comprising more than half of Inglewood residents, their presence and contributions to our city can be seen and felt everywhere.  Inglewood Today will be honoring Hispanic individuals who are making a difference in Inglewood and around the world in upcoming issues. 


The beautiful thing about living in a diverse community like Inglewood is the opportunity to learn about other cultures.  So here is a little test from NBC on Hispanic history.  See how much you know.


1. Who was the first Hispanic Housing Secretary of the U.S.?


A. Julián Castro


B. Henry Cisneros


C. José Serrano


D. Herman Badillo


2. This scrumptious version of Mexican corn on the cob with delicious sauce and spices now found in ballparks and street fairs around the country is called:


A. Mofongo


B. Elote


C. Fufú


D. Lomo Saltado


3. There are approximately how many Hispanics in the U.S.?


A. About 35 million


B. About 80 million


C. About 28 million


D. About 54 million


4. This Latino is one of only two people to win a Super Bowl as a player, as an assistant coach, and as a head coach.


A. Anthony Muñoz


B. Tony González


C. Tom Flores


D. Ron Rivera


Answers:  1.B 2. B 3.D 4.C


The City of Inglewood will host its annual Hispanic Heritage Festival and Classic Car Show this Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11am-4pm at Crozier Middle School.  Whether you are a Spanish descendant or not, there will be many cultural activities at the festival for you to enjoy.  The festival will include Latin music and dancers, cuisine, activities for the children and more.



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