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Centro Hispano Virtual Community Townhall to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month

Mix of virtual events scheduled throughout the month-long celebration.

Reading, Pennsylvania – Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions that Americans with roots in Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Spanish-speaking countries in the Caribbean have made to American society and culture. The celebration originated in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a month-long celebration, from September 15 to October 15.

For years, Centro Hispano has led local efforts to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through its music and arts festivals to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This year, out of respect for the health of our community members and to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, this year’s events will continue online.

Centro Hispano will partner with various community leaders to continue celebrating the contributions of the Latin American community to Reading and Berks County with a series of events held as part of Virtual Town Hall. Events will be broadcast on the Centro Hispano Facebook page.

“It will be different this year not being able to celebrate in person, but we are very excited about the special programming planned that will allow us to commemorate the occasion virtually and engage our community on important issues affecting all members of our community,” said Michael Toledo, President and CEO of Centro Hispano.

The official launch event is scheduled for this (tonight) Tuesday, September 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. All are invited to participate. More information can be found here: