Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet marked the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The festivities, which occur from September 15 to October 15, celebrate the many histories and cultures which make up the Latino community and the countless contributions Latinos have made to the country.
"Colorado's Latino community represents an important part of our state's heritage that has influenced and enriched our state. I am thrilled to join with Coloradans and Americans across the nation to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of the Latino community.
"As a Senator and a former superintendent of Denver Public Schools, I have had the pleasure to work alongside Latino students, families, and local leaders to support their communities and to ensure that we are creating more opportunities for all Americans. We have made great strides with the implementation of deferred action that will give DREAMers a chance to contribute to the country that they know and love. I look forward to continuing to work on the issues that matter to the Latino community and to all of Colorado like improving our schools to prepare our kids for college and creating good-paying 21st century jobs here in Colorado."
Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 as a week-long celebration under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was expanded to a month-long observance under President Ronald Reagan in 1988.