Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 this year, and several groups and community organizations around the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area are celebrating with events throughout the month.
Hispanic Heritage Month began as a commemorative week in 1968 after it was introduced by a California congressman. Sept. 15 was chosen as the start date for this celebration because it coincides with the independence of several Latin American countries.
El Futuro — a mental health organization serving Spanish-speaking immigrants — is holding a Hispanic heritage event in Durham on Sept. 25 and an art auction on Oct. 8.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is also hosting a community celebration for the month on Oct. 14 in the Carrboro Town Commons.
Carrboro Town Council member Eliazar Posada said there are plenty of events during the month led by nonprofits like El Centro Hispano, El Vínculo Hispano and Mi Pueblo, in addition to the CHCCS celebration.
"I really want to encourage folks to take time to learn about these grassroots Latinx organizations," he said.
In addition to his position on the Town Council, Posada is the organizing director for Equality NC, an LGBTQ+ advocacy group. Posada also serves on the Board of Directors for several local community organizations, including the Chamber For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro and the Chapel Hill Re-Imagining Community Safety Task Force.
As an organizer and activist, Posada said he encourages residents of Orange County to interact with the cultural diversity around them and observe work being done in the community.
“It’s important to look into organizing happening around you, whether it’s services regarding housing or food insecurity, migrant worker’s rights or any important work happening in Orange County,” he said.