Domenici Encourages Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
U.S. Senator Pete Domenici today encouraged New Mexicans to celebrate the diverse contributions of Hispanic Americans during Hispanic Heritage Month.
Domenici cosponsored a bipartisan Senate resolution to designate Sept. 15-Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. Forty-five percent of New Mexico's population is Hispanic, which is the largest proportion per capita of the 50 states.
"New Mexico is home to a thriving Hispanic community that has enriched virtually every facet of our state's history and culture. I encourage New Mexicans to take advantage of Hispanic Heritage Month to plan events and activities that pay tribute to this diverse group of Americans," said Domenici.
The resolution notes the contributions of Hispanics to all sections of American society, including the economy and Armed Forces. At over 45.5 million strong, the Hispanic community comprises the largest ethnic minority in the United States, as well as a significant portion of U.S. purchasing power.
Hispanic Heritage Month dates back to 1968, when Congress designated a week in celebration of the United States' Hispanic community. Beginning in 1980, the designation was extended to an entire month which now begins annually on Sept. 15.