Celebration Hispanic Heritage Month with a special luncheon and music from Juan Rayas. All are welcome at this free event.

Visitors can sample great cuisine and listen to music from DJ Juan Rayas. This free event is open to students and the community. In case of rain, it will move inside to Bert Walker Hall, Rooms 144-145.

In 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim a week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), honoring Hispanic heritage. The date Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month because it is the anniversary of independence of five 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. During this time, America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. According to this Census, 57 million people or 18 percent of the U.S. population are of Hispanic or Latino origin.

For more information, contact Jackson College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at 517.796.8470.