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Spanish Heritage Month "Celebrating Latino Cultures" Flyer, Syracuse, 2000

Celebrating Latino Cultures

Celebrating Latino Cultures

Onondaga Historical Association, OHA_B2_284
Document Description
Flyer for "Celebrating Latino Cultures," an event sponsored by the Association of Neighbors for Latino Advancement (ANCLA) and the Spanish Action League in honor of Spanish Heritage Month, 2000.
What flags are illustrated on the flyer?
Why were these particular flags selected?
Why is this celebration being planned?
Who is sponsoring this celebration?
Historical Challenges
Why does Hispanic Heritage Month begin on September 15? Use the website for Hispanic Heritage Month in the Resources section to find out more about the history that is behind the timing of this celebration.
Label a map with the names of the countries represented by the flags on the flyer.
Interdisciplinary Connections
Art: Create a colorful poster depicting the flags of the countries represented in this document.
English Language Arts: Write an article describing the kind of entertainment that was part of this celebration.
Resources, New York State Archives Legacies Project, “An Anchor for Latino Grassroots Political Activity in Syracuse.” A document-based activity on the work of the ANCLA organization. Also check this site’s link to the history of Latinos in Syracuse for further information on the organization., New York State Library. "Selected Hispanic and Latino Websites.", U.S. Census, press release, September 2006, “Hispanic Heritage Month”


Historical Context
In 1989, the Latino population of Syracuse, New York was growing rapidly. The Spanish Action League (SAL) had been organized in 1969 to help the Spanish-speaking population of the city with social services and assistance in the crucial areas of housing, employment, education, and family services. By the late 1980s, the organization was overwhelmed with direct service needs and had little time to work toward political changes that would help the Latino community move forward. As a result of attending Father Robert Chryst’s Hispanic Forum luncheons and the New York State Assembly Somos Uno conference in 1989, a group of people formed the Association of Neighbors Concerned for Latino Advancement (ANCLA). The grassroots organization has been involved in a number of projects that strengthen and promote the health of the Latino community.

ANCLA and the SAL sponsor cultural heritage celebrations as a way to bring the Latino community of Syracuse together.
Essential Question
How do immigrants influence culture within a community?
Check for Understanding
Identify the purpose of this poster and explain the impact of this event on the local community.