By: Liza Rodriguez
Texas A& M University-Kingsville will celebrate Hispanic Heritage with a month-long celebration which started Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. with a pageant and fiesta in the Memorial Student Union Building south courtyard.
Approximately a dozen students will compete for the Miss Hispanic Heritage title during the opening ceremonies. Refreshments will be served and entertainment will be provided.
Among the activities this year are several speakers and a Hispanic Film Festival. Among the speakers is local genealogist David Treviño, who will speak on “El Rincon de la Boveda – Kingsville’s Mexican Land Grant, and Homero Vera, who will give an update on the Tejano Monument scheduled to be unveiled this year in Austin. The Hispanic film festival will be each Tuesday during the celebration with the exception of Wednesday, Oct. 11. Films scheduled to be shown are “Bread and Roses,” “Baja La Misma Luna, ” “Mi Familia,” and “Ballroom Dancing.”
A highlight of the celebration will be the annual Hispanic Heritage Banquet, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Union Building Ballrooms. Former State Representative and alumna Dora Olivo will be honored with the Tejano Service Award by the university.
The city of Kingsville is also planning its own celebration.
Observance of the holiday started after the Chicano Movement of the 1960s. It was a time where many Hispanics started revolting towards the oppression that the White Americans had on them. Farm workers complained about their rights and others complained about their lack of voting and political rights. Not written in the history books is the fact that the Chicano movement was started by college students at Texas A&I University here in Kingsville.
The Holiday was made official when President Johnson approved Hispanic Heritage Week. The week was extended into a month by President Reagan in 1988. September 15th was chosen as the starting date of the celebration because on that date, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua declare their independence. On the 16th, 17th, and 18th, three other Latin American Countries celebrate their independence: Mexico, Chile, and Belize.
Please check back with us for a list of activities for Hispanic Heritage month.