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We are here to unify and mobilize Travel Professionals of Color. The vision of TPOC is to support, assist and spotlight travel industry professionals, destinations and multi-cultural tourism of four ethnic groups: African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

Training. Networking. Support.

 

We are here to unify and mobilize Travel Professionals of Color. The vision of TPOC is to support, assist and spotlight travel industry professionals, destinations and multi-cultural tourism of four ethnic groups: African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

Training. Networking. Support.

 

We are here to unify and mobilize Travel Professionals of Color. The vision of TPOC is to support, assist and spotlight travel industry professionals, destinations and multi-cultural tourism of four ethnic groups: African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

Training. Networking. Support.

 

We are here to unify and mobilize Travel Professionals of Color. The vision of TPOC is to support, assist and spotlight travel industry professionals, destinations and multi-cultural tourism of four ethnic groups: African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

Message From The President

 Hello TPOC Members,

Well, it’s September again. I can’t believe how fast time seems to be flying by and now the summer of 2021 is  officially over. I am excited that the onset of September means National Hispanic Heritage Month is soon to begin. I always enjoy celebrating this time with my Hispanic and Latino family and friends.

As part of that recognition, I’d like to share this space with an article written by our own Dr. Mary  Flowers. As a retired educator, she is always eager to share information with us, just as we are always eager to glean from what has to offer.

ENJOY!

 By Dr. Mary Jane Flowers | TPOC Travel Writer

Each year, Americans observe and celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. This triumph event exists to remind Americans and the world of the importance of the Hispanic culture and its contributions.

This month-long celebration has been set aside to highlight the achievements of Hispanics and Latinos and those American citizens whose ancestors came to America from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands, Central America, and South America, according to the official government website-June 7, 2021.

The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM) created this celebration to recognize the positive impact that Hispanic Americans have made on this country. The purpose of the four-week observance is to honor the respective cultures and histories of Hispanic Americans. By Hispanic Americans, we mean those who self-identify as Hispanics. The term Hispanic refers to people, cultures, or countries related to Spain, the Hispanidad (English: Hispanicity), the community formed by all the people and cultures that share a common Hispanic heritage, cultural pattern, and Spanish language. 

The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers announced the 2021 Hispanic Heritage observance theme: “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” Esperanza is a Spanish feminine given (first) name meaning HOPE or Expectation.

Mr. Victor Anthony Zertuche, Attorney Advisor at the US Environmental Protection Agency, submitted the winning theme for the 2021 observance and celebration.

This observance began as a commemorative week when it was introduced in June 1968 by California Congressman George E. Brown. The push to recognize the contributions of the Latinx community gained momentum throughout the 1960s when the Civil Rights Movement was at its peak. On September 7, 1968, Congress passed public law 90-498 requesting President Lyndon B. Johnson to issue annual proclamations declaring September 15 and September 16 as the beginning dates of National Hispanic Heritage Week. On September 7, 1968, with Presidential Proclamation 3689, Lyndon B. Johnson created National Hispanic Heritage Week on the very same day!

Hispanic Heritage Week was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. Hispanic Heritage Week became Hispanic Heritage Month.

The dates chosen to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month were not arbitrarily chosen but are dates of great importance to Hispanic history and culture. September 15 was chosen as the kickoff celebration date because this date coincides with the Independence Day of five Central America nations. Those nations include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras. These countries declared their independence from Spain on September 15, 1821.  Mexico declared its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810. Chilean revolutionaries declared Chile’s independence from Spain on September 18, 1810. After several months of negotiations with Great Britain and Guatemala, Belize (formerly known as British Honduras) achieved full independence from the United Kingdom on September 21, 1981.

Have you ever wondered about the difference between the terms Hispanic and Latinos? While Hispanic usually refers to people with Spanish language backgrounds, Latino is usually used to identify people who hail from Latin America.

Latin America is the area of the Americas comprising countries where Romance languages are spoken. Languages derived from Latin such as Spanish, Portuguese, French together with Italian Romanian are considered Romance languages. Latin America includes more than 33 countries or territories according to the United Nations.

Latin America is generally understood to consist of the entire continent of South America, in addition to Mexico, Central America, and the islands of the Caribbean whose ancestors speak a Romance language.

HAPPY HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION MONTH 2021

Betty Jones, President

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