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De Colores, Inc. was founded in 1972 during the Chicano Civil Rights Movement by Dr. Jose and Linda M. Armas. This marked a change of tactics to address equal opportunity for our community. Instead of simply confronting institutions and problems, we began building alternatives. De Colores, Inc. is a non-profit organization.
In the early 1980s, President Reagan signed a bill to establish Hispanic Heritage Month. This month is used to recognize the contributions of Hispanics to this country and to create a better understanding of the nation's burgeoning Raza community, which will become the number one minority within a few years.
Hispanic influence in American culture is woven throughout the social fabric of our society. Our culture, history, language, food, architecture, art, music, literature, and dance influences are found in every state of the union.
Hispanic culture, which makes up 43% of population of New Mexico, has had a major influence here for centuries. Hispanic influence is found all around us: the names of rivers, mountains, cities, villages and towns are testimony to our contributions. Hispanic culture has helped make our state one of the most unique in the union. Hispanics were prominent in
In the 1990s there was a vicious backlash against the upcoming 518th anniversary of