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Hispanic Heritage Month -- September 15th – October 15th

The month was established to recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

Anthony Quinn (1915 - 2001)

Anothony Quinn (1915-2001)

Anthony Quinn was an Oscar-winning Mexican-American actor known for his roles in 'Viva Zapata!,' 'Lust for Life' and 'Zorba the Greek.'

Sonia Sotomayor (1954 -)

Sonia Sotomayor (1954-)

Nominated by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history.

Selena (1971 - 1995)

Selena (1971-1995)

Known as the "Queen of Tejano Music," Selena was a beloved Latin recording artist.

John Orozco (1992 -)

John Orozco (1992-)

American Gymnast John Orozco is best known for his rise to the top of the gymnastics world and participation in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.

Ana Castillo (1953 -)

Ana Castillo (1953 -)

Hispanic-American poet whose work explores themes of race, sexuality, and gender.

Ellen Ochoa (1958 -)

Ellen Ochoa (1958 -)

Astronaut and Engineer

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)

Neo-Expressionist painter in the 1980s. He is best known for his primitive style and his collaboration with pop artist Andy Warhol.

Hispanic Heritage Month

About National Hispanic Heritage Month

I am inspired by...

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno

Submission by Scott Brouette M.S. Ed.
Assistant Director of Student Services

Jaime Escalante

Jaime Escalante

Submission by Helena Lira
Assistant Director of the School of Distance Learning, International Studies, and Outreach

Berta Caceres

Berta Caceres

Berta Cáceres, an award-winning Indigenous environmental activist from Honduras, is best noted for leading a grassroots campaign opposing a proposed dam on the Gualcarque River.

Rigoberta Mechu Tum

Rigoberta Mechu Tum

“Let there be freedom for the Indians, wherever they may be in the American Continent or elsewhere in the world, because while they are alive, a glow of hope will be alive as well as a true concept of life.”

Rodolfo 'Cory' Gonzales

Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales

As an activist, Gonzales founded Crusade for Justice, a civil rights and cultural organization that advocated for the rights of Hispanic Americans.

Rudolfo Anaya

Rudolfo Anaya

“It is because good is always stronger than evil. Always remember that, Antonio. The smallest bit of good can stand against all the powers of evil in the world and it will emerge triumphant.”

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros

“The older I get, the more I'm conscious of ways very small things can make a change in the world. Tiny little things, but the world is made up of tiny matters, isn't it?”

SFC Agustin Ramos Calero

SFC Agustin Ramos Calero

SFC Calero was a soldier of the 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as the “The Borinqueneers”, a Puerto Rican regiment of the United States Army.

Local and Campus Events

Mercado on Fifth

Learn more about Mercado on Fifth.

Latino Owned Businesses in Quad Cities and Surrounding areas
WQPT Programming - Hispanic Heritage Month

Crossing South – 9/21, 8:00 pm, 9/28 8:00 pm
A travel show that explores Tijuana and Northern Baja.

Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World – 9/25, 11:00 pm
Eliades Ochoa, an original member of Cuban band the Buena Vista Social Club, is profiled


Eliades Ochoa: Live at La Casa De La Trova – 10/2, 11:00 pm
Taped live in the famous music venue La Casa de La Trova in Santiago de Cuba, this concert film showcases the musicianship of Eliades Ochoa and his group, Cuarteto Patria.

Wonders of Mexico
Travel south along Mexico's mountain spine, explore the tropical forests of the Maya and journey across the deserts of Northern Mexico to discover its amazing wildlife and culture.

  • Forests of the Maya – 10/3, 7:00 pm
  • Mountain Wonders – 10/10, 7:00 pm
  • Burning North – 10/17, 7:00 pm

Los Hermanos/The Brothers – 10/3, 8:00 pm
A geopolitical chasm forces two Cuban brothers to shelve a dream of playing music together, until a diplomatic thaw unites them onstage.

Re-Evolution: Suenos – 10/3, 9:30 pm
The final part of filmmaker Cray Novick's ongoing, thoughtful look at Cuba and its culture. This special shares individual views and perceptions of Cuba and the many, varied dreams that are held for the country’s future.

Crossing South – 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 8:00 pm
Explore Tijuana and Northern Baja, demystifying the often-maligned region. Bilingual travel companion and host Jorge Meraz takes you on a journey where the viewer gets to know the people, vernacular, foods, customs and places frequented by the locals.

34th Hispanic Heritage Awards 2021 – 10/24, 7:00 pm
The Hispanic Heritage Awards honors individuals or organizations doing outstanding work in a variety of fields to benefit the Hispanic and Latinx community in the United States and abroad.

La Frontera with Pati Jinich: Miles From Nowhere – 10/24, 8:00 pm
Chef Pati Jinich explores places and food from El Paso and Juarez to Big Bend National Park.

Buen Provecho! The Spanish Flavor of Florida – 10/24, 9:00 pm
The one-hour documentary explores Florida's Spanish roots through its cuisine, while blending historical narrative with delicious recipes and vibrant locations.

La Casa De Mama Icha – 10/26, 11:00 pm
Decades earlier, Mama Icha moved to the United States to help her daughter with the care of her grandchildren. However, she never lost sight of her hometown of Mompox, spending years sending money to build her dream house there. Now, at the end of her life, Mama Icha boards a plane and flies back to Colombia where she bravely struggles with her loved ones. The documentary spotlights Sabrina Dobbins, a teenager struggling with depression. With hopes of owning one of the wild Chincoteague ponies to help with her recovery, a local non-profit works to make Sabrina’s dream come true.