by JANE KATHLEEN GREGORIO
For the first time in 15 years, Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo proclaimed September 15 to October 15, 2021, Hispanic Heritage Month in Corpus Christi at a City Council meeting on September 21.
The observance, which began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week starting September 15 under President Lyndon B. Johnson, was expanded to 30 days by President Ronald Reagan, and enacted into law on August 17, 1988.
Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, culture and contributions of Americans whose roots trace back to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean.
The City of Corpus Christi is comprised of 63.2% Hispanic and Latino residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. As a Hispanic woman deeply proud of her own heritage, Mayor Guajardo affirmed the importance of this celebration by joining cities across the nation in recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month.
“Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month reaffirms our dedication and commitment to celebrating our rich Hispanic culture and pays tribute to the historical accomplishments of Hispanics throughout our city and throughout history,” Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo said. “It is of great significance to honor the contributions of our Hispanic community who have contributed to the vibrancy and economic success of our community.”
To commemorate this observance, City Hall was decorated to bring awareness and pride to this national holiday and featured traditional songs played by Los Mariachis Corpus Christi and lunch from Nona’s Cocina on the day of Mayor Guajardo’s proclamation at the City Council meeting.