Hispanic Heritage Month Begins Today - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

BlackEnterprise.com will recognize leaders in the Latino community throughout Hispanic Heritage Month (Image: Thinkstock)

Today marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), a 30-day celebration of cultures, histories, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean and Central and South America. This day has additional significance because it’s the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The observance, which expanded from a week into an entire month, started in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson and was lengthened by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. That same year it became law on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

You might be asking yourselves, why is this important to Black Enterprise?

For one, Hispanics–also referred to as Latinos–consist of many different races. There’s not simply one identity for people of Hispanic origin, instead they encompass multiple identities stemming from the transatlantic slave trade and other forced (and unforced) movement.

Over the years, the company has featured Latino business leaders within the pages of the magazine, most recently placing Emilio Egea, Prudential Financial’s vice president of human resources and chief diversity, on the cover alongside other top diversity executives. They’ve also appeared on lists, such as Black Enterprise’s 75 Most Powerful Women in Business.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, BlackEnterprise.com will highlight talented Latinos in business, media, politics, and entertainment.

Check back regularly over the course of the next few weeks to see the latest video interviews and feature articles.

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Janel Martinez

With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for BlackEnterprise.com. She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina, Latina.com, Honeymag.com, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.

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