By Natalya Jaime – – Photo Not Credited.

What started out as Hispanic Heritage Week—when former L.A. congressman Edward R. Roybal sponsored legislation to make it a time of observing the Latin community, signed it into law by then-president Lyndon Johnson—became a month long celebration in 1988, when President Ronald Reagan signed an updated version of the bill. Since 2002 Los Angeles, California, has been a focal point for commemorating the traditions and cultural histories of Hispanic Heritage Month, when the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) produced the first Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide.

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