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County Council to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Rockville (VIDEO)

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Montgomery County Council is scheduled to host a special event on “The Current State of the Latino Community in Montgomery County” on Sept 29 in Rockville.

The event is expected to include Latino leaders in the county whose work on social justice issues have helped shape the community.

There will also be a video presentation featuring leaders residents sharing their life experiences and views on issues that will shape the future.

“The Hispanic [and] Latino community in our county mirrors the nation. It is a young, hard-working and forward-thinking community. Contrary to the negative rhetoric espoused by some, this community continues to make valuable contributions to the fabric of our county and our nation. This month we celebrate our shared heritage and we salute those who make a difference each and every day,” said Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro, the main organizer of this event.

In this video, Montgomery County Planning Department shares what the Latino population looks like Montgomery County:

Among the guests featured at the panel are Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation; Alberto Avendaño, executive editor of El Tiempo Latino; Angela Franco, president and CEO of Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and Jonathan Jayes-Green, community activist and former administrator for the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

Latino population according to data from Montgomery County Planning Department:

  • County residents who self-identify Hispanics: 192,887 and represents 18.7 percent of the county’s population.
  • 61,802 residents are from El Salvador,
  • 15,755 are from Mexico,
  • 12,769 are from Peru,
  • 12,164 are from Guatemala,
  • 9,034 are from Honduras.

Of the overall total, 29 percent is under age 5 and approximately 75 percent is younger than age 34.

“Montgomery County is fortunate to be a magnet for capable and talented people from around the world. Immigration to this county is a compliment because it indicates that of all the places in the world to choose, this growing, vibrant community wants to make Montgomery County its home. And so we value the contributions of all our residents and the Latino community provides a special flavor to our cultural and economic life,” said County Council President George Leventhal.

 

Aline Barros

About Aline Barros

Aline Barros is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at Abarros@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @AlineBarros2.

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