Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month began as “National Hispanic Heritage Week” in 1968. Initially launched by President Lyndon B Johnson, this was a weeklong celebration of the culture and history of Hispanic people living in the United States. Johnson proclaimed, “The people of Hispanic descent are the heirs of missionaries, captains, soldiers, and farmers who were motivated by a young spirit of adventure, and a desire to settle freely in a free land. This heritage is ours.”
In 1988 President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration to an entire month beginning on September 15th, the independence day of 8 different Central American countries. Throughout the month, many other Latin countries celebrate independence days as well.
Here at The Handle Bar, we are excited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by moving our bodies and opening our hearts. It is our goal to give you some opportunities to direct your attention in healthy, meaningful ways that support our Hispanic and Latinx friends, neighbors, and family this month with continued advocacy for mental health support in our communities.
Beginning September 15th and running through October 15th, you’ll see classes on the schedule labeled CELEBRATING HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH. This title indicates that $2 from every booking in these rides benefits our non-profit spotlight, Casa Esperanza. We’ll use these rides as an opportunity to feature Latinx artists and producers!
We would love to celebrate our Handle Bar Latinx and Hispanic community by highlighting your unique stories and experiences. If you identify as Latinx or Hispanic and would like to participate, please email us to be featured, or nominate someone you admire!
In celebration of National Recovery Month move your body outdoors, to live music, all while raising money for two wonderful communities doing impactful work for those in Recovery. Join us on Tuesday, September 26th from 6-7:30pm at 401 Park. Benefitting Casa Esperanza and Namastay Sober, tickets are $40 and include the 60 minute class led alongside live keys, drums and guitar.
ABOUT OUR PARTNERS
For more than three decades, Casa Esperanza has been studying the impact of addiction and mental illness on the Latino community in Massachusetts and examining what motivates a client to get help; what it takes for them to stay engaged in care long enough to meet their treatment goals; and how to support them in building a life in recovery that works for them and their family.
Namastay Sober’s mission is to aid those in recovery by reconnecting their bodies and minds through affordable yoga, fitness, meditation and wellness-focused community events. By becoming a member of the Namastay Sober community, participants are given access to create a new and healthy lifestyle alongside peers.