Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of U.S. Latin and Hispanic communities. The event, which spans from September 15th through October 15th, commemorates how those communities have influenced American society at large. September 15th is the start of the month because it is the anniversary of independence for multiple Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico’s Independence Day is on September 16th, and Chile’s Independence Day is on September 18th. Also, Día de la Raza, which is October 12th, falls in this 30 day period. As of 2019, the Census Bureau estimated that there were almost 60.5 million Hispanics and Latinos living in the United States (nearly 19% of the overall population!). So, it is vital that we memorialize the bountiful contributions our Hispanic community have made to our country especially in Miami. While some may view Hispanics as a race, the term Hispanic or Latino refers to a person’s culture or origin—regardless of race. This month is all about love and aspiration for our heritage and stopping the spread of hate. The national theme, Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope, challenges us to envision a great future knowing that our hope and resilience can lead us there. Hope and resilience help us maintain an optimistic outlook in the face of adversity and give us the motivation to take action and make progress. The change starts with us and our generation, so make sure to indulge yourself in the history of Hispanic influence throughout the holiday. Miami Springs Senior High School has been designated a No Place For Hate!