The warm embrace of our surroundings
makes us proud to call it home.
Arab descendants have called Latin America home since the late 19th century accounting for 17 to 30 million Arab-Latinos. This is the largest Arab population outside of the Middle East. 

During their travels, Arabs were under the impression they had a one-way ticket to the “New World,” known today as North America. Much to their surprise, they were embarked ships heading to the Spanish and Portuguese port towns.

Upon their arrival, instead of feeling discouraged at the error, they embraced the change which had its fair share of similarities to their home country. The familiar climate, topography and cultural under tones allowed them to integrate at a more rapid pace than one would expect. This caused their numbers to swell as years passed and their presence to impact the culture strengthened indefinitely. 

Some very famous individuals include Shakira, Salma Hayek and Carlos Slim Helú who are of Arab decent. Eight presidents, countless parliamentarians and mayors share Arab heritage. That’s how you make an entrance.
Passion lies in the soul
of those who persevere in raising their voice
With nearly one-quarter of all U.S. Latinos self-identifying as Afro-Latinos, this is an identity group that has a long-standing association with our culture. Being descended from African roots and Spanish ancestry, they have not had an easy time finding a place in the community without facing prejudice at every turn.  

Yet, they have contributed a lot to our culture, such as music ranging from salsa, bachata, merengue and cumbia, to many more sounds we enjoy with our friends and families. Some of the most renowned artists include Celia Cruz, Leonor Gonzalez Mina and Romeo Santos. Afro-Latinos have also produced some of the greatest athletes in various sports such as soccer, baseball, and boxing, with the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Pelé, Arian Foster and "Minnie" Miñoso. 

The beauty and pride they display, reflecting the culture they bring to the table, is more than skin deep. 
The fearless inspire progress
and we hold them close to our hearts
Many are not aware that the term LatinX has been used for nearly 15 years and has even been added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. The LGBTQIA community originally coined the term asa gender-neutral option for non-binary genders they represent. There has been a lot of debate on the terms LatinX, Latin@ and Latino/a. There is an assumption that these terms are a threat to the history of our culture, even though they can only add more substance to our footprint in society. 
Our power as a culture
continues to shine through with pride
The rise of the Chicano started in the early 1930s, as more Mexican natives started having children in the United States. This new group of Mexican-Americans faced the same issues as most ethnic groups before them, which led to the Chicano Movement in the 1940s. Chicano was originally a derogatory term meaning “sons and daughters of Mexican migrants.” As time passed, Mexican-Americans claimed the label Chicano as a form of empowerment and pride.  

The Chicano Movement was a civil rights movement that addressed a variety of issues that oppressed the Chicano population. They protested and achieved much progress on issues such as restoration of land grants, farmworkers’ rights, enhanced education, and voting/political rights. You’ll sometimes hear the Chicano Movement referred to as La Causa (The Cause).