The story behind Hispanic Heritage Month

Every time Hispanic Heritage Month rolls around, I learn something new about the Latino footprint in the U.S. But until I spoke to Robert Lopez, I never knew how this celebration came to be.

In May of 1988, Lopez, former intern for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, was asked to work on a bill that would amend the 1968 federal law, authorized by President Lyndon B. Johnson, to change it from a week to a month-long celebration.

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