Jacksonville and Beardstown prepare for Hispanic Heritage Month

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Each year, Hispanic Americans celebrate their culture during Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15. 15. In Illinois, there will be many national and local events observing the month.

In Beardstown, the Mexican American non-profit group Amigos Unidos Comité held a launch event for the month on September 11 and will participate in the Beardstown Fall Fun Festival parade on Saturday.

Mayor Tim Harris said Beardstown’s diverse population should be seen as “more of an opportunity than a problem”, allowing the community to blend in better.

“I’ve used that same quote many times now,” he said, “and … I stick with it. I try to blend into the community. I try to blend the workers into the community. community.”

In Jacksonville, Illinois College has already kicked off the festivities, with a screening of the 2013 Mexican comedy-drama “Instructions Not Included” hosted by student union Nuestra Casa on Thursday. The union will be hosting a few other events spread throughout the month, including some after the end of the month.

On October 11 at 7 p.m., North Carolina photographer Saul Flores will present a convocation at Rammelkamp Chapel, 215 Park St., about his project, “The Immigrant March,” where he has walked more than 5 000 miles across 10 countries to document the journey that Latin American immigrants must face to settle in the United States

Next, Nuestra Casa will host a salsa dance party with a Springfield dance instructor on October 14 at 7 p.m.

After the official end of the month, the union will participate in the IC Family and Friends Weekend on October 29 with a Lotería night. a Mexican game similar to bingo, but with pictures on a card instead of numbers on a ball. Finally, for Day of the Dead, traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2, the group will have an open altar for the campus.

Crystal Moreno, head of IC and president of Nuestra Casa, said Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to learn about each other’s cultures.

“It’s also a way to bring our campus together and celebrate a few things that I would find normal in my family and my heritage,” she said, “so it’s just a cool experience to have on campus .”

The state and Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will be spotlighting Latin American businesses in Illinois and hosting a few events for business owners, one of which is a financial resources webinar being held on September 29 on the department’s Facebook page and WebEx.

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