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Sep 18

A Proclamation Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month in the Village of Park Forest

Posted on September 18, 2023 at 11:21 AM by James Guirguis

WHEREAS, beginning in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month was originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week”, but it was later extended to a month in 1988. It takes place September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community; and

WHEREAS, the term Hispanic or Latino (or the more recent term Latinx) refers to a person’s culture or origin—regardless of race; and

WHEREAS, since the beginning, our country has drawn strength and insights from Hispanic writers, scientists, soldiers, doctors, entrepreneurs, academics, and leaders in labor and government; and  

WHEREAS, notable Hispanic achievements include Richard Cavazos becoming the US Army’s first Hispanic 4-star general in 1982, Ellen Ochoa being the first Hispanic American woman to go into space in 1993, Sonia Sotomayor becoming the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice in 2009, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez election in 2018 to serve in congress thus becoming the youngest woman to ever serve in a congressional seat, and Cesar Chavez’s legendary efforts as a community organizer and advocate for the rights of Latinx workers; and 

WHEREAS, we continue to acknowledge the Hispanic leaders who have stayed in the struggle for equal justice to ensure that everyone in this nation can contribute their talents and have the opportunity to thrive; and

WHEREAS, America’s Hispanic population continues to grow, reaching a record 62.5 million in 2020, or 18.7 percent of the U.S. population, and the culture of our country has been enriched by the rhythms, arts, literature, and creativity of Hispanic people; and 

WHEREAS, the Village of Park Forest salutes its Hispanic Heritage residents who have long served in vital roles on school boards, service clubs and community organizations. At the local government level, Hispanics contributions have been longstanding, and historic, in a multitude of Department roles and in many billets amongst the volunteer Boards and Commissions serving the Village of Park Forest’s mission. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Mayor and the Board of Trustees of the Village of Park Forest, Cook and Will Counties, Illinois, that September 15 through October 15, 2023, be celebrated as National Hispanic Heritage Month. I call upon residents to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. Activities include the Commission on Human Relations-sponsored Taco Tuesday on Tuesday, September 12, starting at Noon in the lobby of Village Hall, various programs at the Park Forest Library including a movie matinee on September 27th featuring the films Encanto and Coco, a book review throughout the month and an all ages craft event on October 4th, and a Hispanic Heritage Month art exhibit titled Espectro/Spectrum at Governors State University’s Visual Arts Gallery, with a reception and artist’s insights on October 12th

Joseph A. Woods, Mayor


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