Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with influential icons
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, MSNBC is paying tribute to Hispanic and Latino American leaders who have made lasting impacts on the United States.
National Hispanic Heritage Month began on Sept. 15 and will continue until Oct. 15.
The celebratory month has taken place every year since 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson started the tradition. It begins each year on the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The anniversaries of independence for Mexico and Chile follow on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.
According to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, about 17% of Americans are Hispanic or Latino.