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At the Sept. 12 City Council meeting, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl proclaimed Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 Hispanic Heritage Month in Evanston. The dates coincide with National Hispanic Heritage Month, first proclaimed as Hispanic Heritage Week by President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1968 and expanded to Hispanic Heritage Month by President Ronald Reagan.
The City’s proclamation invites Evanstonians to celebrate the history, culture, achievements and contributions of Latin Americans, Caribbean Americans and Americans of Hispanic descent. It noted the “love of family, hard work and community” as hallmarks of the Hispanic culture.
Elena Garcia Ansani, a member of Latino Resources and chair of the planning committee for the month’s festivities, said, “Tonight is very special. History has been made by the Mayor’s recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
“We are united in pride for our culture. We embrace the words [of the proclamation] in all that we do.”
Several historically significant events took place in the 30-day period of Hispanic Heritage Month,
“The day of Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept.18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is Oct. 12, falls within this 30 day period,” Ms. Garcia Ansani told the RoundTable.
The week’s festivities begin at noon on Sept. 15 at Robert Crown Center, 101 Main St. Other activities include the following:
Sept. 19 • 7-8 p.m., Welcoming America Evanston Coffee/Tea and Cookies Social, Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
Sept. 25 • 6:30-8:30 p.m., Immigration Reform Forum, ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave.
Sept. 27 • 4:30-6 p.m., Cine Familiar:“Biblioburro”/Family Movie Night: “Biblioburro,” Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
Oct. 4 • 6 p.m., EPL After Hours Movie: “Bless Me Ultima,” Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
Oct. 6 • Time: TBD, Mariachi Mass
Northwestern University Sheil Center, 2110 Sheridan Road
3-7 p.m., Dia de la Familia Sana/Healthy Families Day, McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St.
Bilingual Mass • 5 p.m., Northwestern University Sheil Center, 2110 Sheridan Road
Oct. 10 • 6:30-8 p.m., School District 65 Presents Dr. Kim Potowski of UIC, Location: TBD
Oct. 12 • Time: TBD, Hispanic Heritage Month Finale, ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave.