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Many backgrounds, Many Stories . . . One American Spirit", the theme of Hispanic Heritage Month 2011


Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 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 September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.”

Notable Latino “Firsts” include:

Antonia Novello, First Hispanic US Surgeon General

Mario Molina, First Hispanic Nobel Prize-Chemistry

Ellen Ochoa, First Hispanic Female Astronaut

Roberto Clemente, First Hispanic Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee

Sonia Sotomayor, First Hispanic US Supreme Court Justice

Carlos Santana, First Hispanic First Hispanic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee

Nancy Lopez, First Hispanic LPGA Hall of Fame Inductee

John Ruiz, First Hispanic Heavyweight Champion

Rita Moreno, First Hispanic Female Supporting actress Oscar Winner

For 45 years, our firm has represented a broad spectrum of clients because we believe that “justice for all” is what makes the fabric of our democracy strong.  That’s why the law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley is especially proud to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month 2011 with the launch of its Spanish language website

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