Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the "histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America," according to the official website. It lasts from September 15 to October 15, a time period that includes independence day celebrations in many Latin American countries.
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Who was the first American astronaut of Latino descent?
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Who was one of the co-founders of the National Farm Workers Association, a group that fought for the rights of farmworkers and came up with the famous rallying phrase "Si, se puede," or "Yes, we can."
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Who was the other co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association and participated in three water-only fasts to bring awareness to farmworker's issues?
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Who was the first Supreme Court justice of Latino Heritage?
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Which singer and political activist of Latino descent sang "We Shall Overcome" at the March on Washington in 1963?
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Which singer brought Tejano music to the mainstream?
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Which trans woman of Puerto Rican descent was an active member of the Gay Liberation Front and was an advocate for trans rights?
Marsha P. Johnson
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Who is the youngest woman to be elected to Congress?
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Who was the first Latino baseball player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame?
Who was the first Hispanic woman to win an Academy Award when she won best supporting actress for her role in "West Side Story?"
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Who became the first women and first person of Hispanic heritage to become the surgeon general of the United States?
Antonia C. Novello
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This Black and Latino artist's painting "Untitled" sold for $110.5 million in 2017 and became the most expensive U.S.-produced painting ever sold. Who was this artist?
This Dominican American author became the first writer of color to win the prestigious Carnegie Medal for her debut novel, "The Poet X."
Lorna Dee Cervantes