I don’t know about you, but I love Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15)! This infographic does a great job breaking down the history of HHM & its origins! However, although HHM is a fantastic time to celebrate, uplift, and affirm our Hispanic familia, one thing I’ve always longed for is the inclusion of more diverse Latino voices and histories in the conversation & classroom. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻

In my decade-plus experience in the Spanish classroom, I’ve noticed a lack of representation of Afro-Latino, Indigenous, & Asian voices in the classroom & pop culture. And if we do spotlight certain figures, we tend to focus on the same people year in and year out. Personally, I like to use HHM as a time to talk about the many voices that contribute to our present-day culture. A bright moment for me was when a student made the realization that it was ironic that the culture of the marginalized is what is exported as the national patrimony of many countries (that kid is going places! lol).

So how can you bring more diverse voices into your HHM celebration? It could be a long-term project or a one-day lesson. The goal is to include a diversity of ethnicities, professions, opinions, backgrounds, genders, etc. There are so many options!

You can start with this freebie below, of biography sheets of awesome famous Afro-Latino & Indigenous people with whom kids can connect and learn about!

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    Take a look at some more resources below!

    Indigenous Peoples:

    • Have you ever shown this video to your chiquis on cumbia? I show it every year–how Indigenous & Afro voices contributed to this now very famous genre! See below. Lots of good material about both Afro & Indigenous influences:

    Afro-Latino Voices:

    Diversifying Hispanic Heritage Month

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