This Saturday kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. From September 15 – October 15, we recognize and celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of the people of Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the FREC team compiled a list of ways you and your peers can celebrate all month long.
1.Join us for FREC City Saturday and Movie Night Sept. 15 @2 pm-11 pm
Why not celebrate with us? Representing Latin countries from all over the world, the FREC will be transformed into a cultural oasis with food trucks, games, dancing, live music and more.
2. Host a Potluck What’s the best way to bring people together? Food. Invite your friends over and tell them to bring a dish from a Latin country. Before dinner, ask each person to introduce their dish and share a short history of its origin. (Note: Make sure two people don’t bring the same dish.)
3. Raise Funds for a Local Organization Supporting Hispanic/Latino People. Find organizations in your community that focus on continuing the Hispanic culture, benefit the Hispanic/Latino community or focus on Hispanic/Latino youth.
The Michigan Hispanic/Latino Commission offers a listing of nonprofits that support Hispanic populations in the state of Michigan.
4. Read Hispanic Literature Immerse yourself in the colorful stories of some of the world’s greatest writers! Get into the poetry of Juan Felipe Herrera, American poet, author, and activist of Mexican descent who became the first Latino poet laureate of the United States. Or, check out a book from this list of renowned Hispanic authors.
5. Learn Español Spanish is a beautiful language and learning to speak it can only benefit you. Download a language app or check out a book at your local library. Start by learning one word a day and gradually add more Spanish words to your vocabulary. (Tip: If you have a native Spanish-speaking friend, ask them to teach you. They will be happy to help you.)
6. Binge A Film, Show or Documentary Did someone say Netflix and chill? Find a Spanish-language film and host a movie night.
7. Explore Mexicantown For Metro Detroiters, we are lucky to have Mexicantown in our backyard. What started as a neighborhood for Mexican immigrants in the 1920s, has blossomed into a vibrant community with rich culture, delicious food, beautiful murals and more.
The timing of Hispanic Heritage Month is significant as September 15 is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively, and Columbus Day (Dia de la Raza, or Day of the Race, a holiday in many Latin American countries) falls on Oct. 12.
Join us as we kick of Hispanic Heritage Month at FREC City this Saturday, September 15th. Click here for details. See you there!
The Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) is a client-directed community center where people can learn new skills, obtain needed services, develop new talents and celebrate community. Made possible by grants from Ford Motor Company Fund, The Ford Resource and Engagement Center brings together non-profit partners to serve the surrounding community.