Whitmer declares September as Hispanic heritage month

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FILE — A Hispanic teenage girl dances in Sinaloa Folkloric dress.

FILE — A Hispanic teenage girl dances in Sinaloa Folkloric dress.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer celebrates Michigan's Hispanic population by proclaiming September 2021 as Hispanic Heritage Month.

“Michigan’s Hispanic and Latino residents are an essential part of our state’s cultural and economic fabric,” Whitmer said in a statement. “I am proud to proclaim September as Hispanic Heritage month and celebrate alongside a community filled with rich tradition as we continue to ensure that Michigan is a welcoming and inclusive place for all.”

The month of September recognizes and celebrates the contributions of Hispanic and Latinos in Michigan and the United States. Michigan’s Hispanic and Latino population has grown from 2010 to 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the 2020 U.S. Census, Hispanics and Latinos make up 5.6% of the state’s residents, up from 4.4% in 2010.

“Governor Whitmer’s proclamation establishing September as Hispanic Heritage Month is very exciting! Michigan’s Hispanic population is dedicated to building Michigan’s future, and we are honored to have a Month of official celebration,” said Jesse Venegas, chair of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, in a statement. “We will take this opportunity to continue to celebrate the contributions of Hispanics in arts, sciences, labor, agriculture, business, and civil rights. The Hispanic and Latino community in Michigan is woven with many threads from many nations and cultures, but we all stand together as Michiganders! Adelante!”

With more than 60 million Hispanic Americans residing in the United States, Hispanic Americans make up the largest minority group in the nation and have significantly contributed to our government, culture and economy over generations, according to the State of Michigan. Hispanic Americans have provided Michigan and the United States with unique social and cultural influences, fundamentally enriching the extraordinary character of our state and nation.

Michigan is fortunate to count among its population a large number of residents of Spanish and Latin American descent, who grow businesses, offer innovative ideas, strengthen our economy, create jobs, and contribute to our daily lives. During this month, Michigan's Hispanic American community will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through a series of special events featuring Hispanic history, food, dance, and art, celebrating the rich tradition and many contributions this community has made to the state of Michigan, according to Michigan.gov.