#5Things: Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 kicked off the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, but here are some facts you might not know…

1. The timing: why the middle of September? Because of days like Tuesday: September 16 was Mexican Independence Day! On Tuesday, many Central American countries also celebrated their independence–all in the middle of the month…

2. The numbers: 54.1 million–that’s how many Hispanics live in the United States. Over half of that population live in California, Texas, and Florida alone…that’s a buying power of over a trillion dollars!

3. The people: from astronauts to senators to athletes and a Supreme Court Justice, Hispanics have risen to the top in all walks of American life.

4. The music: who doesn’t love the sounds of Celia Cruz, Cachao, Vicente Fernandez, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval…just to name a few!

And of course with Latino music…comes the dancing, as José demonstrated on the TODAY Show earlier this month…

5. #WhatLatinoMeansToMe: BuzzFeed kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month by asking Latinos across the country to self-identify and tell them what being Latino means for them. 

Have a response? Share yours on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the hashtag! 

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#5Things: Hispanic Heritage Month