Latino Heritage Month



WHEREAS, each year, the U.S. celebrates Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15, to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the more than 44.3 million Latinos residing in the U.S.; and


WHEREAS, the citizens of Albemarle County wish to acknowledge our Latino residents and their contributions to the cultural richness, diversity and economic success of our community; and


WHEREAS, many organizations in our community are working to welcome and support our Latino residents, and bring all of our community members together through their education and outreach efforts; and


WHEREAS, Albemarle County wishes to recognize local firms such as Zona Latina, for helping to dispel cultural stereotypes and bridge barriers by providing educational and television programming to improve the quality of life for our growing Latino population and the general public; and


WHEREAS, in conjunction with Latino Heritage Month, Zona Latina is celebrating the start of their second season of educational programming that showcases the richness of Latino culture and provides a service to our Latino community; and


WHEREAS, Zona Latina has worked tirelessly and successfully to address the communication and cultural challenges faced by our community’s growing Latino population by eliminating language and cultural divides that serve as an impediment to greater understanding among diverse groups of citizens;


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that, I, Kenneth C. Boyd, Chairman, on behalf of the Board of Supervisors of Albemarle County, Virginia, do hereby proclaim September 15, 2007 through October 15, 2007, as “LATINO HERITAGE MONTH” in Albemarle County, and encourage our citizens to celebrate the accomplishments and diversity of our Latino residents, and recognize the valuable  achievements and efforts of organizations such as Zona Latina who are working to create opportunity and inclusiveness in our community.


                Signed and sealed this 5th day of September, 2007.


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