ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — September 15 marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a time set aside to recognize the achievements and contributions of the Hispanic community and those who have inspired others to achieve success.
One Hispanic organization in the Wiregrass, however, inspires success year-round. Wiregrass Hispanic Latino Outreach is a group that strives to help bridge the gap of communication within the Hispanic community.
“There’s no Hispanic outlet, there’s no radio station, nowhere the Hispanic community here in the Wiregrass can find information,” Wiregrass Hispanic Latino Outreach CEO, Myra Arus Aponte said. “But what Wiregrass Hispanic Latino Outreach, what we do, we try to mend that gap.”
Aponte has been serving the Wiregrass for 34 years now, and though she is accustomed to the Alabama lifestyle, now she says National Hispanic Heritage Month is time for her to celebrate all the many aspects of her culture.
“For me, it’s a day to remember my culture, my dance, my music,” Aponte said. “When I celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I like to call it international day. Within the Hispanic community, there’s all kinds of colors, all kinds of cultures.”
Aponte says this month of celebration is not just for the Hispanic community, but for everyone to come together as one.
“To integrate, to bring peace, to bring fellowship and love,” Aponte said. “This is not one race, we’re not white, we’re not black, we are all kinds of races.”