At Shipt, we want to authentically honor and celebrate the cultures and heritages of one another. With this mission in mind, we’re proudly honoring Latinx Heritage Month, which kicks off on September 15 and lasts through October 15. This is the perfect opportunity to recognize the contributions and influence of our Latin American neighbors around the country.
Ready to celebrate? Here are 4 things you need to know about Latinx Heritage Month:
1. More than 50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson first introduced Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, and Congress expanded the celebration from a week to a month beginning in 1989.
2. Why Latinx and not Hispanic Heritage Month? While both are technically correct, we’ve chosen to use Latinx since it’s inclusive of nonbinary, gender-neutral, and indigenous peoples.
3. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the month-long celebration honors “the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.”
4. The significance of September 15? It marks the date when 5 Latin American countries – Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala – earned their independence from Spain in 1821.
We’re dedicating the next month, and beyond, to honoring our Latinx family. Join us in celebrating the traditions and highlighting perspectives from the community – starting with stories from our own HQ teammates and Shipt Shoppers.
Catriana C., Growth Marketing Manager – Supply Acquisition, on what it means to be Latinx in 2020:
“To me, it is all about supporting our community and uplifting our voices. Many of us in this generation have more privilege and protection to speak up than our parents did. It is our responsibility to speak up about injustice, to show up and vote, and let our voices be heard. I try to educate myself on our history and cultures so that I never take those sacrifices for granted.”
Aaron L., Area Operations Manager, on his favorite Latinx Heritage Month traditions:
“Aside from eating plenty of Mexican food, on September 16 we celebrate Mexican Independence Day. The tradition is to gather the night before and at midnight pay tribute to the heroes of the Mexican Independence. It happens at midnight because that’s exactly when the leaders of the Rebellion called for the people to join them and start the war for independence against the Spanish Army in 1810.”
Leslie S., Overnight Experience Team Member, on her Latinx hero:
“Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She is a trailblazer, fighter, justice-seeker, and passionate about the work she does. She inspires me to never be afraid to speak my mind for what I believe is right. Seeing her taking on all her critics with grace, confidence, while remaining “unbothered” is what I love about her.”
Pedro V., Office Assistant, on embracing his culture:
“I just try to be authentically me. There was a period in my life when I was made to feel ashamed of my culture – I’d be embarrassed to speak Spanish at school when I was with my parents. But I’ve learned to love and appreciate my Mexican and Peruvian background, and all of the amazing aspects of it that have truly enriched my life.”
Nancy N., Shipt Shopper, on celebrating her Latinx heritage:
“A source of pride and joy in my Latinx heritage is all the hard work and sacrifices that were made by my family before I was born. When the Castro regime took over Cuba, my parents fled Havana to escape communism. When they got to the United States, they worked hard to prove themselves and to provide a life for themselves and their children we would have never known otherwise.”
We celebrate and acknowledge our Latinx family not just this month, but all year long. How are you celebrating Latinx Heritage Month this year? Share your plans with us in the comments.