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Centro Hispano Virtual Community Townhall to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month

Centro Hispano Virtual Community Townhall to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month

Mix of Virtual events scheduled throughout the month long celebration.

Reading, PA – Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean have made to American society and culture. The observance was born in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a month long celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15.

For years, the Centro Hispano led local efforts to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through their music and arts festivals to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  This year, out of respect for the health of the members of our community and to avoid the spread of coronavirus, this year’s events will continue online.

The Centro Hispano will be partnering with diverse community leaders to carry on the celebration of the Latino community’s contributions to Reading and Berks County with a series of events held in the virtual townhall setting.  Events will stream on the Centro Hispano Facebook Page.

“It will be different this year not being able to celebrate in person, but we are very excited about the special programming planned that will allow us to commemorate the occasion virtually and engage our community on important issues affecting all members of our community,” stated Michael Toledo, President and CEO of the Centro Hispano.

The official Kickoff event is scheduled for this (tonight) Tuesday September 15th from 6pm to 7:30.  All are welcome to participate. More information can be found here: