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For immediate release — Sept. 20, 2018

(DALLAS) — In 2018, Hispanic Heritage Month coincides with the 50th anniversary of the presidential proclamation honoring Latino culture, history and contributions. Hispanic Heritage Month started as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. The observance later was expanded by President Ronald Reagan to cover a 30-day period that starts on Sept. 15 and ends on Oct. 16.

Lectures, music and documentaries are some of the events scheduled during the Dallas County Community College District’s celebration. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Brookhaven College

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16 —  “Speak Up!” event: Discussion about the Family Separation Act, noon to 1 p.m., Performance Hall lobby.

Brookhaven College is located at 3939 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch.

Eastfield College

  • Wednesday, Sept. 19 — Hispanic Heritage Month Pop-up Read-ins. Short readings will be scheduled at various times and locations to highlight the literary achievements of Latino/Hispanic authors.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2 — National Night Out includes the movie “Coco.” Free food is included in this family-friendly event from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the lawn outside Building F.
  • Monday, Oct. 8 — Hispanic Heritage Month Trivia Challenge, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in rooms G-101/102 in Building G.

Eastfield College is located at 3737 Motley Drive in Mesquite. For more information, contact

El Centro College

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 — Free salsa dance lessons and free food, followed by a panel discussion about Hispanic heritage and culture, 11:30 a.m., Student Center.

El Centro College is located at 801 Main St. in downtown Dallas. For additional information, email

Mountain View College

  • Wednesdays: Sept. 19, Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 — Weekly conversational Spanish lessons, noon to 1 p.m., room W-139.
  • Thursday, Sept. 20 — “The Rise and Fall of Brown Buffalo,” a documentary sponsored by Sigma Delta Mu Spanish Honor Society, 12:30 p.m., rooms W-181/183.
  • Thursday, Sept. 27 — “Santa and Andres,” a film set in Havana, 12:30 p.m., rooms W-181/183.
  • Thursday, Oct. 4 — Latin Dance Party Finale and taco bar to celebrate National Taco Day, 2 to 4 p.m., Student Courtyard.
  • Thursday, Oct. 11 — “The Black Roots of Salsa: The Emancipation of Cuban Rumba,” a documentary, showing at 12:30 p.m. in rooms W-181/183.

Mountain View College is located 4849 W. Illinois Ave. in Dallas. For more information, contact

North Lake College

  • Thursday, Oct. 11 — The Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico Dance Company will perform from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Life Center.

North Lake College is located at 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving. For more information, contact

Richland College

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 — Experiential learning activity, “A Dreamer’s Reality,” will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on the cafeteria stage.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26 — Latin Karaoke, noon to 1 p.m. on the cafeteria stage.
  • Thursday, Oct. 4 — Latin history and demonstration with Phyllis Williams, 11 a.m. to noon in the East Breezeway.
  • Monday, Oct. 8 — Motivational speaker A. C. Cristales, former educator and co-author of “The School of Hard Knocks: 10 Lessons to Help You Succeed in Life,” 11 am. to 1 p.m., in SH118 (Sabine Hall).
  • Monday, Oct. 15 — “A Latina’s 40-Day Journey Through Asia” with Michelle Navarro, 12:30 to 2 p.m. in SH-118 (Sabine Hall).

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information, contact

For general information, contact Debra Dennis in DCCCD’s office of media relations at or at 214-378-1851.

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