From September 15 to October 15, our country celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month by commemorating the history, heritage, and contributions of those who came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and South and Central America. Communities all over the United States mark the achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans with festivals and educational activities.
National Hispanic Heritage celebrations originally started with one week of commemoration when it was first introduced by Congressman George E. Brown, Jr. (D-CA) in June 1968 as the result of the civil rights movement. During that period, many ethnic groups saw the need to finally recognize the contributions people of color made to US history.
For example, while many are familiar with how African-American slave, Irish, and Chinese labor were used to build America’s railroad system, some may not be aware of just how much Mexican workers helped to build railroads across the midwestern and western parts of our country. They faced dangerous working conditions with very little pay. To learn more, check the American Rails web site, which features a comprehensive review of Dr. Jeffrey Marcos Garcilazo’s book, Traqueros: Mexican Railroad Workers in The United States, 1870-1930.
Hispanic Heritage Month Activities
Current pandemic conditions have limited events in Northern California this year; however, here are two you may like to consider:
Saturday, September 25, 10:15am the Oakland Library will host Latinx Heritage Month Live Storytime, an on-line Bilingual Family Storytime event. Space is limited. RSVP via Eventbrite.
Sunday, September 26, 10:00am – 5:00pm the San Francisco Exploratorium will present its 22nd annual Día de la Ingeniería/Latinx Engineering Day 2021, which combines a bilingual panel discussion, presentations on the science and engineering heritage of Latinx people, and playful hands-on activities.
Safety always has been and always will be our top priority at the Capitol Corridor. As part of that mission, we are committed to supporting efforts to educate riders and the general public about avoiding dangerous behaviors around railroad tracks. In additional to sharing rail safety tips year-round, we also partner each September with California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL) and other agencies for Rail Safety Month and Rail Safety Week (September 20-26, 2021.) More September is Rail Safety Month
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (Capitol Corridor), in coordination with several municipal and transportation agencies throughout the 21-County Northern California Megaregion will host a series of online public workshops for the Link21 Program beginning Thursday, June 17. Special guest speakers will kick-off each virtual forum. More Link21 is Hosting a Series of Virtual Workshops to Shape the Future of Transportation in Northern California
In July 2020 we at the Capitol Corridor took a stand against racism and stood in solidarity with those who believe Black Lives Matter. Today, we are reaffirming our position by speaking out against anti-Asian/Pacific Islander violence. More Capitol Corridor Stands Against Anti-Asian/Pacific Islander Violence
Ready to explore? With COVID restrictions starting to loosen, you may be planning a bit of travel this summer. What better place to venture out first than our own beautiful backyard here in Northern California! More Corridor Conversations: Happy Hour with Your Favorite NorCal Destinations