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Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating a Mosaic of Cultures


Hispanic/Latin American people are not a monolithic culture. Within this grouping, there are over 600 indigenous languages (many of which are in danger of extinction) and you’ll see the blends of African and Asian cultures/traditions. The experience of a first generation Mexican American is completely different from the experience of a newcomer Mexican student and completely different from the experience of an Afro-Latino. This year’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we shed light on the diversity of our culture and hear from the voices of those not typically represented.

Lunch & Learn Sessions

RPS will host online sessions via Zoom every Monday where staff and community members can hear from experts on topics that are relevant to our community. Join us to learn more about the rich Latin American and Hispanic cultures right here in Richmond!

Date/Time Event

September 25
12:00 pm

Latino, Hispanic, Latinx, Latine: What’s in the Name?
Luis Martínez Jiménez
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October 2
12:00 pm

5 Insights to Better Understand Our Culture: A Historical Perspective
Dr. Antonio Espinoza
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October 9
12:00 pm

The Afro-Latino Experience
Anita Nadal
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Celebrate with Swag!

We're kicking off this Hispanic Heritage Month with new merchandise in the RPS Love Store! Our theme this month is Celebrating a Mosaic of Cultures. Visit the online store at Proceeds will go to programs to support language justice! 

Hispanic Heritage Stories

Alfonso Pérez Acosta

Alfonso is an artist who worked last year with Lucille Brown MS students through the Art 180 Middle School Residency. You can catch his latest exhibition, "Lengua Twister," at the Atlas gallery during RVA First Fridays in October. Enormous gratitude to ART 180 for their continued support of RPS students!

Sylvia Mendez

When Sylvia Mendez and her family moved to the town of Westminster, California, she was excited about enrolling in her neighborhood school. But she and her brothers were turned away because they were Mexican. Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh, tells the inspiring story of the Mendez family's fight for justice and equality to desegregate schools in California – seven years before the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education ended segregation in schools across America.

Dr. Ellen Ochoa

Dr. Ellen Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman to travel to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1993. She later became the first Latina – and second woman – to lead the Johnson Space Center. The Solar System with Ellen (El Sistema Solar con Ellen) by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, takes our littlest readers on a trip around the solar system with Dr. Ochoa – introducing them to the sun, moon, and planets in both English and Spanish. 

The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor

The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor – In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we're showcasing books that honor Hispanic and Latin American authors and public figures. Climb on board the RPS Lit Limo (see schedule below) to read Just Ask by Sonia Sotomayor, the third woman and first Hispanic and Latina appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Born in the Bronx to working-class parents, she and her family lived in low-income housing and experienced financial hardship. But that didn't stop her from excelling in school, ultimately graduating from Princeton University and Yale Law School.

HHM Lit Limo Storytime

This month, we're showcasing books that honor Hispanic and Latin American authors and public figures. Students will have the opportunity to pickup a free Hispanic Heritage Month book and attend a reading during regularly scheduled Lit Limo stops. Selections include: 

Send In Your Stories

Share how your school is celebrating Hispanic and Latin American History Month or submit a story from your community to be included in the archive.