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Latino American History

Check out the website for the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)and the American Library Association (ALA), is a nationwide public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country's largest minority group. 

The Citadel was one of about 200 receipients of "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" grants selected from thoughout the country by the NEH and ALA, as part of a competitive grant process. In addition, The Citadel was the only institute selected in South Carolina, and received a $10,000 grant. The grant will help hold progamming that will include events such as festivals, film screenings, oral history initiatives, local history exhibits, facilitate informed discussions about Latino American history and culture between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016.

As Hispanic Heritage Month approaches it is important to remember, and to learn from, our history. For more information, follow this link to check it out! You can also check them out on Facebook,

Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon

The Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Luncheon will be held on Thursday, 28 September at 12:00 in Daniel Library.  There will be Latino food, music, dancing and a keynote speaker, Chaplain Jose Molina.  We invite everybody on campus to come and join us for a great time celebrating the rich culture of the Hispanic people.  If you are a cadet we will need your name and CWID so we can request special orders for you.  Also, we need to get a head count of all staff, faculty and cadets that are coming so we can be sure we have enough food available for all.  Please RSVP (with your name and CWID if applicable) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Thank you.

Hispanic Heritage Month

(Some History & some numbers. Information from the National Institute for Latino Policy.)

History of Hispanic Heritage Month

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. In 1989, Congress expanded the observance to a month long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Sept. 15 is the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

By the Numbers...

57.5 million

The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2016, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 17.8 percent of the nation's total population.


The number of Hispanics added to the nation's population between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016. This number is more than half of the approximately 2.2 million people added to the nation's total population during this period.


The percentage increase in the Hispanic population between 2015 and 2016.

119 million

The projected Hispanic population of the United States in 2060. According to this projection, the Hispanic population will constitute 28.6 percent of the nation's population by that date.


The percentage of those of Hispanic or Latino origin in the United States who were of Mexican origin in 2015. Another 9.5 percent were Puerto Rican, 3.8 percent Salvadoran, 3.7 percent Cuban, 3.3 percent Dominican and 2.4 percent Guatemalan. The remainder were of some other Central American, South American, or other Hispanic or Latino origin.

16.7 million

The number of Hispanic households in the United States in 2016.

40 million

The number of U.S. residents age 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home in 2015. This is a 130.9 percent increase since 1990 when it was 17.3 million. Those who hablan espaƱol en casa constituted 13.3 percent of U.S. residents age 5 and older. More than half (59 percent of all Spanish speakers and 57.4 percent of Hispanic Spanish speakers) spoke English "very well."


The percentage of Hispanics age 25 and older that had at least a high school education in 2015.


The percentage of the Hispanic population age 25 and older with a bachelor's degree or higher in 2015.

1.5 million

The number of Hispanics age 25 and older with advanced degrees in 2015 (e.g., master's, professional, doctorate).


The percentage of students (both undergraduate and graduate) enrolled in college in 2015 who were Hispanic.


The percentage of elementary and high school students that were Hispanic in 2015.


The percentage of the Hispanic population that was foreign born in 2015.


The percentage of the 10.3 million noncitizens under the age of 35 who were born in Latin America and the Caribbean and were living in the United States in 2010-2012.


The percentage of Hispanics or Latinos age 16 and older who were in the civilian labor force in 2015.


The percentage of civilian employed Hispanics or Latinos age 16 and older who worked in management, business, science and arts occupations in 2015.


The percentage of voters in the 2016 presidential election who were Hispanic. Hispanics comprised 4.7 percent of voters in 1996.

1.2 million

The number of Hispanics or Latinos age 18 and older who are veterans of the U.S. armed forces.


The estimated number of Hispanic-owned employer firms nationally in 2015, up from 298,563 or 4.7 percent from 2014.

$61.2 billion

The estimated sales/receipts reported by Hispanic employer firms owned by women in 2015. Male-owned Hispanic employer firms reported sales of $264.2 billion.

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