By Grayson Edds
September has been dubbed Hispanic Heritage Month in America, and, in honor of that, the Belton Kiwanis Club hosted Dr. Randolph P. Baca as their guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting.
Dr. Baca is a Human Resources Management professor at Temple College with Hispanic roots from New Mexico. He’s also active in the community, working with Hispanics to become assimilated to life in our nation, believing in a right way and a wrong way to become citizens.
His speech covered the history of Hispanic Heritage Month, an honor that dates back to 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson was given authorization to proclaim one week as Hispanic Heritage Week. Several years later, that week was expanded by congress into a month long celebration.
His slideshow presentation offered an array of important Hispanics in our country including actors/actresses, athletes, artists and judges, among others.
Not only have the Hispanics been influential in our country and state thus far, but they continue to influence our arts, athletics, architecture, small business growth, and general population.
It’s estimated that by 2060, there will be 128,800 Hispanics in the U.S., the majority of which are in the southwest region of America including California, New Mexico and Texas.
As you go around town this month, be sure and keep an eye out for what Hispanic heritage may be prevalent around our beautiful community.