CARSON CITY, NV - September 15, 2020
Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak proclaimed that September 15, 2020 through October 15, 2020 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Nevada. This month-long celebration honors the contributions made by those in the Hispanic and Latino community to both the nation as well as the State of Nevada.
“It is a great honor to be able to claim this month as Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “The vast contributions that the Hispanic and Latino community have made in shaping both the United States and Nevada are truly boundless. We are a great State and a great nation because of the impacts made by those with diverse backgrounds, which impact every aspect of our lives, from governmental leadership, agriculture, education, science, and most recently - the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Hispanic Heritage week started during the Presidency of Lyndon Johnson, but was later expanded to a month in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan.
Approximately 29% of the Nevada population is of Hispanic and Latino descent, making Nevada the fifth most populous Hispanic and Latino state in the U.S. Hispanics and Latinos have been instrumental in shaping and evolving the State of Nevada into what it is today.
The 2020 national theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is “Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future.” In recognition of all of those that have served in the past, those continuing to lead into the future, and those that have made Nevada a better and more prosperous place to live, this is an opportunity for the State to recognize the many contributions made by the Hispanic and Latino community to Nevada.