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Wilson Center Statement Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month

The Wilson Center is proud to recognize and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, during which we honor and celebrate the culture, history, and contributions of Hispanic Americans. Observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968, inspired by many Latin American countries celebrating the anniversary of their independence during this period and influence in American society. To date, there are over 60 million Hispanic Americans, accounting for 18.7 percent of the total national population, making them the largest minority group in the United States.

Hispanic Americans contribute significantly to our country’s prosperity and spirit. As we use this time to celebrate and recognize our country’s Hispanic heritage, it is important that we also address any barriers or challenges that Hispanics may face in their efforts to reach their utmost potential. We all know that America is stronger, both here at home and on the world stage, when we harness the strength every voice and every community that makes up our nation.

This month, the Wilson Center will be publishing content to celebrate Hispanic Americans and examine many of the current issues that define and challenge Hispanics in the United States. We aim for the Wilson Center to be a place where, in accordance with our mission to unite the world of ideas to the world of policy, we prioritize the specific needs of Hispanic Americans and all minorities in our policy and ongoing dialogues.