Daily throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, an SC company is sharing particulars about meals, music, historic figures, and yearly festivities from Latin American nations
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A neighborhood group is utilizing the additional consideration introduced by Hispanic Heritage Month to introduce extra individuals to the tradition and traditions of Hispanic and Latino tradition. It is also utilizing the chance to show the neighborhood extra about itself.
Sept. 15 by means of Oct. 15 marks Hispanic Heritage Month – a time that has particular that means for a lot of. To have fun, the South Carolina Commission For Minority Affairs (SCCMA) launched a social media marketing campaign.
Every day on Facebook, the company is sharing components of cultures and traditions in Hispanic communities that usually aren’t seen or talked about very a lot.
“Now we have to have fun our tradition day by day of the yr. That is particularly necessary throughout this month as a result of that is when extra individuals are paying consideration,” mentioned Ivan Segura, this system supervisor for the Hispanic and Latino Affairs Division for SCCMA.
Subjects embody meals, music, historic figures, and yearly festivities from all Latin American nations.
“We’re inserting a particular emphasis on Afro-Latinos and indigenous communities for our Hispanic Latino neighborhood,” mentioned Segura. “We’re doing this as a result of we consider it is necessary to signify everyone. We regularly discover that a few of our individuals are not represented.”
Within the marketing campaign, the fee is aiming to coach everybody – together with the Hispanic neighborhood.
For instance, Segura mentioned we could all the time hear about the identical items of historical past from the Mexican tradition this month. So the fee needs to take issues a step additional by sharing different components of the tradition and historical past.
“If we get someone from Paraguay, what about music from Paraguay? What about if it is indigenous music from the individuals from Paraguay? If we go to Brazil, what about if we speak about one thing from the Brazilian tradition that we’re often not uncovered to?” mentioned Segura. “Let’s speak about one thing new from Mexico, one thing we’ve not heard earlier than. The hope is that there could even be some Mexicans which can be gonna say, ‘I did not know our one and solely president from an indigenous background is Benito Juarez!'”
The aim of a deeper schooling, he defined, will make a distinction.
“Training is essential as a result of it helps us to do away with ignorance. Ignorance is what typically fuels a number of the stereotypes, a number of the stigmas, and a few discrimination,” mentioned Segura. “The extra we present our mates, our neighborhood, our metropolis, and our state the cultural traditions of the place we come from, the extra we will perceive that we’re all extra alike than totally different.”
On the finish of October, the first-ever Latinx Scholar Summit might be held, bringing collectively all Latino college students within the state on the College of South Carolina Upstate’s Centro Latino. For now, there’s restricted attendance resulting from COVID, however there might be alternatives for individuals to attend by way of Zoom. The occasion is geared towards college students and younger professionals as a part of the fee’s P.L.A.C.E. Program, creating pathways for Latinos to advance their careers and schooling. To register, click here.
In the event you’re eager about attending an occasion for Hispanic Heritage Month, there’s a statewide calendar on the fee’s web site.
In the event you’re internet hosting an occasion that is not but featured, you may submit data to Segura by e-mailing him at email@example.com.