Proclamation of Hispanic Heritage Month in the development of TN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Tennessee governor’s office plans to issue a Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation for the first time since 2014. At the time, former governor Bill Haslam was in office.

Current Governor Bill Lee is expected to release his first Proclamation of Hispanic Heritage Month of his governorship, because the voluntary state supports the growth and diversity of its population. Recently, WATE 6 On Your Side reached out to the governor’s office to inquire about Hispanic Heritage Month. A spokesperson confirmed that the governor would issue a proclamation.

“Our office plans to issue a Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation later this month,” Jade Cooper Byers, press secretary in the Tennessee governor’s office, said in an email.

Governor Lee’s office issued similar proclamations this year for American Indian Month, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Latin Language Appreciation Month. Governor Lee also issued proclamations for Black History Month.

Governor Lee told WATE 6 On Your Side last year that his office had no plans to issue a Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation, saying his office celebrates every Tennessean, their history and their past. Governor Lee had met with the Latinos for Tennessee group and discussed state issues, tweeting, “We are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and recognizing all that these Tennessees are doing to make our state prosper.”

Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed September 15 through October 15 celebrating the stories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens and residents whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and America. central and southern.

2020 U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that Tennessee’s total Hispanic and Latino population is approximately 6.9%. In certain East Tennessee counties, US Census data shows that there are caches of Hispanic and Latino populations contributing to their local economies:

  • Knox – 6% Hispanic/Latino
  • Hamblen – 14.7% Hispanic/Latino
  • Loudon – 9.8% Hispanic/Latino
  • Sevier – 8.8% Hispanic/Latino
  • Hamilton – 7.4% Hispanic/Latino
  • Rhea – 6% Hispanic/Latino
  • Jefferson – 4.4% Hispanic/Latino
  • Blount – 4.2% Hispanic/Latino
  • Monroe – 4.2% Hispanic/Latino
  • McMinn – 4.1% Hispanic/Latino

As to when Governor Lee’s administration will issue the proclamation, those details have not yet been made available.


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