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National Hispanic Heritage Month

This guide is designed to highlight library resources about history, literature, film, art, music, and culture of Hispanic/Latino peoples. It is part of the Global Learning Virtual Collections Series.

Jackson State Community College Library and Global Learning Program Present: The Global Learning Virtual Collections Series

The Jackson State Community College Library and the Global Learning Program proudly introduce the Global Learning Virtual Collections Series. 

The series will feature a thematic collection of books, resources, films, scholarship, and other print and digital media made available by our campus library on topics related to global cultural issues. The collections will be carefully curated by Sylvia Rowe, Anna Esquivel, and YOU, our Jackson State students, faculty, and staff, and will be housed in our Library Subject Guides.

We encourage you to contribute to each series by submitting your favorite theme-related resource or text, available in the Jackson State Library, to be included in the collection. Please email your submissions to Sylvia Rowe or Anna Esquivel.

Hispanic Heritage Month Events at JSCC

About National Hispanic Heritage Month

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 September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.