Hispanic Heritage Month

Flags are raised extra high on Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, as the Latinx community gets an entire month to celebrate who they are and where they come from.

Latinx Heritage Month was present at JJC once again this year with a list of new interactive events for students, faculty and staff.

As JJC continues to grow in diversity, the college recognizes the significance of celebrations like Latinx Heritage Month. With the help of OMSA and student clubs like Latinos Unidos, the events this month are meant to encourage cultural enrichment and student engagement.

The celebration kicked off a little early with a trip to the Windy City on Sept. 6. Students were invited to celebrate with the Chicago White Sox before their game against the LA Angels. They attended the team’s pregame parade for White Sox Heritage Night.

About a week later, the city of Joliet held its 57th annual Mexican Independence Day Parade, on Saturday, Sept. 14. According to the Patch, this is one of Joliet’s biggest events of the year.

Mexico’s independence day actually falls on Sept. 16, but the city conveniently held the parade the weekend before, giving more people a chance to join in on the festivities. Authentic Mexican food, live music, and a kids zone were all a part of this large event.

JJC did not fall behind in the music arena. In honor of Mexican Independence Day, the college welcomed Mariachi Los Galleros to the Main Campus Center Bridge to treat passersby with a musical performance. The band filled the halls with the sound of their instruments, and even had two students join them in song.

After all the outdoor fun and music, students were encouraged to hit the books. The library contributed to the celebration by creating a display of books by U.S. Latinx and Latin American authors.

Next on the list was El Grito de JJC. This event takes its name after El Grito de Dolores (the cry of Dolores), or El Grito de Independencia (the cry of independence), an 1810 revolt initiated by Father Miguel Hidalgo against the injustices of the Spanish colonial system.

Taking place on the Main Campus Center Bridge, El Grito de JJC invited students to learn about historical and current Latinx role models in the United States.

Other informative events included Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla (Neither from here, nor from there) and Hispanic Heritage Jeopardy.

The final days of the month-long celebration will include a showing of the movie Frida, a movie based on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s life, and the last of two Immigrant/International Lunch Bunches.