As we prepare for Hispanic Heritage Month, I’m preparing a series of posts that highlight Latinx Leaders and famous Latinos or Hispanic Americans.
Notable Hispanic Americans*
When I sat down to make these lists, I wanted the first one to refer to Hispanic-Americans or American Latinos. If you do a search for “famous Hispanic Americans,” it tends to pull up lists of famous people who speak Spanish, from anywhere around the world.
The original intent of Hispanic Heritage Month, though, was to honor U.S. Citizens of Hispanic descent (from a Spanish-speaking country).
Here’s a description of HHM from the Department of Eduation:
Hispanic Heritage Month takes place September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. Beginning in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month was originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week” under President Lyndon Johnson, but it was later extended to a month during President Ronald Reagan’s term in 1988.– White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative, Dept. of Education
This first list, then, includes famous Latino-Americans you should know about: Latino leaders, athletes, writers, scientists, artists, and more.
Each link includes top quotes, printables, videos, and more on each person!
24 Famous Latinos From the United States
Oscar de la Hoya
Oscar de la Renta
If you are working with kids and learning about famous Latino leaders, check out this free growing pack of coloring pages!
Famous Hispanics from Around the World
Many educators like to use Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate Latino contributions from all around the word. Here is a good starter list of names!
Gael García Bernal
Lists of Famous Latinos by genre
Here you can browse my posts set up by genre– famous Latino and Hispanic artists, scientists, athletes, leaders, and more.
*I know many people don’t like the term “Hispanic Americans,” and I think that’s very fair. Let’s be honest: Hispanic basically means “formerly colonized by Spain,” while America can technically apply to all of the Americas.
The terms are evolving right now, and in meantime we have to deal with less-than-perfect terminology or new terms some countries don’t use yet.
What famous Latinos and Hispanic leaders did I miss? Let me know in the comments below!
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