On August 17th, 1988, Hispanic Heritage month was enacted into law in the United States. It is celebrated every year to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans, beginning on September 15 and lasting through October 15. On Monday, October 15, Booker T. Washington High School hosted their own Hispanic Heritage celebration assembly.
The assembly commenced with a cultural fashion show. Those on the runway were significant people of the Latino American culture. First up where Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez. Both were labor leaders who fought for the rights of farm workers. Together they co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962. Next up was Sonia Sotomayor and Ruben Salazar. Sotomayor is the first Latina justice on the Supreme Court. Salazar was a Mexican-American mainstream journalist who is considered to be one of the founders of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement. Then came Sylvia Mendez and Roberto Clemente. At 8 years old Mendez played a vital role in the Mendez v. Westminster case. The case argued that having segregated Mexican schools was unconstitutional. The lawsuit was successful and paved the way for fully integrated schools. Clemente was a professional baseball right fielder who played 18 seasons in MLB. He became the first Latino American player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. Next was Frida Kahlo and Vicente Fernandez. Kahlo was a very influential Mexican artist who painted portraits inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico, and many self portraits. Fernandez is a Mexican singer, actor and film producer. He is nicknamed “El Rey de la Música Ranchera” or The King of Ranchera music. Finally came Selena and Oscar de la Hoya. Selena was called the Queen of Tejano Music and was one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century. Oscar de la Hoya is a professional boxer.
After the fashion show, two members of Latin American Society performed traditional Mexican folkloric dances involving very colorful and flowy dresses. Following this came many young women of Latin American Society displaying their Quinceañera dresses. The traditional Quinceañera celebration signifies the transition between being a young girl to becoming a woman. The final forms of entertainment included a cover of the song “Por Un Amor” and a lip syncing of “Remember me” from the movie Coco. To conclude the assembly many members of Latin American Society danced bachata and huapangos.
The assembly was a great way to share with the school the Hispanic culture and express the diversity present in our school.