Cruz to introduce legislation recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month this year in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today announced that he is introducing legislation to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month in Pennsylvania.

“An estimated 896,000 Hispanic Americans live in Pennsylvania, as entrepreneurs, students, community leaders, essential workers and so much more. They are a diverse and resilient people, who have made immeasurable and historic contributions to our society,” Cruz said. “Our commonwealth must continue recognizing the history and legacy of Hispanic Americans.”

Cruz, who serves as chairman and founder of the Latino Affairs Caucus (the first formal bicameral and bipartisan caucus that seeks to advocate for Latino Pennsylvanians), said that observation of Hispanic Heritage Week started in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was later extended to a 30-day celebration by President Ronald Reagan, starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15, and is in association with the independence anniversaries of several Latin American nations, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile.