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Latinx Heritage Month Library Guide

The National Latinx Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central, and South America. This resource Guide will show what is available at Mesa L

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                                                           Hispanic Heritage Month mural - Catalog ID 6190415

Photo Credit: National Archives News

This guide serves as an introduction to library resources, research, & information related to U.S. Latinos/Latinxs/Hispanics & Latino heritage. This guide is a work in progress and we will be happy to get your valuable feedback for this guide. 


Frequently Asked Questions about Latinx Heritage Month

  • What is Hispanic Heritage Month in Spanish?  In Spanish, El Mes de la Herencia Hispana means Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • What is the difference between Hispanics and Latino? While many people use Latinx and Hispanic interchangeably, these two words mean two different things. 
    • A Hispanic person is someone who comes from or is a descendant of a Spanish-speaking country. Latinx (which is the gender-neutral alternative to Latino and Latina)  is used when referring to someone who comes from Latin America or is a descendant of any Latin American country.  
    • A person can be both Hispanic and Latinx, however, not all Latinos are Hispanic. For example, Spaniards are considered Hispanic, but not Latinx, since they are not geographically located in Latin America. 
  • Which countries are represented in this celebration? In total, there are 20 Hispanic countries and one territory: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
  • Is it called Hispanic Heritage Month or Latino Heritage Month?  It is formally recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month, however, it's important to acknowledge that, as discussed, the term does not fully represent every culture that falls under this umbrella.  As a result, many are also calling it Latinx Heritage Month. Both are widely used today but it’s important to be mindful of the context in which you use them.


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