CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – With Hispanic Heritage Month halfway complete, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi continues to celebrate the rich Hispanic culture. The 30 day period, which runs Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, was originally implemented in 1968, and celebrates the impact Hispanic culture has had on our history.
“Because we are a nation of immigrants, it’s important to celebrate diversity,” said Andrea Montalvo-Hamid, Professional Assistant Professor of English and Chair of the Hispanic Heritage Month committee. “As a Hispanic Serving Institution, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has an important function in this region of Texas. By celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, we are helping students learn more about that culture.”
The Island University held a variety of events since the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, including a kickoff with food and music, a Hispanic health fair and a Pride Alliance event featuring two local LGBTQ activists. The University also held several events in commemoration of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, who ranks among one of the most prolific figures in Mexican American history.
“I feel as Mexican Americans we need to know our roots,” said Cynthia Quiroga, a history major who attended the Creating a Legacy – The Life of Dr. Hector P. Garcia event on Sept. 20. “We need to expand our knowledge so we can know that there’s faith and hope in this world and that we can fight to be a better Texas and a better America.”
Cecilia Garcia Akers, Dr. Hector P. Garcia’s daughter, was also in attendance at the Legacy event in which Dr. Anthony Quiroz, Professor of History, discussed and celebrated the memory and legacy of this civil rights pioneer.
There are still many exciting Hispanic Heritage Month events coming up in October. Don’t miss out on concerts, dance nights, presentations featuring local Chicana artist, Mayra Zamora, as well as the creators of the brands, Taco Gear and Sew Bonita, and the upcoming play “¿De Dónde?” presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance at A&M-Corpus Christi.
For a full list of upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month events, visit hispanicheritagemonth.tamucc.edu.