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National Hispanic Heritage Month

The Harford County Human Relations Commission is recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

The national observation celebrates the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The recognition began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. President Ronald Reagan expanded the program in 1988 to cover the 30-day period Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988.

"This is a time to support citizens of all cultures and recognize their contributions," Beth Hendrix, Director of the Department of Community Services, said.

The Harford County Human Relations Commission is a 15-member volunteer advisory board appointed by the County Executive with the approval of the County Council. Members serve with the County Executive representing all segments of the County's population.

Coincidentally, the Commission is seeking new members. Citizens interested should contact the Office of Human Relations at 410-638-4739 or humanrelations@harfordcountymd.gov.

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