(October 2, 2009)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073.

Diversity Committee Announces Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

Hispanic Heritage Month

SHREVEPORT, La.— The Centenary College Diversity committee will host a number of events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, with activities beginning Saturday, Oct. 10 through the end of the month.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

As part of the month-long observation, a Dia de los Muertos altar-making workshop will take place Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Student Union Building. Community members will give lessons on making altars and tributes for the Day of the Dead, a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The altars will be on display in the Hargrove Memorial Amphitheater from Oct. 19 —23.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, a traditional El Dia de los Muertos celebration takes place beginning at 7 p.m. in the Kilpatrick Auditorium. Join members of the Shreveport community and Spanish students from Centenary to celebrate with poems, songs, readings, etc. You will get a chance to really experience the celebration.

The events are being led by the local community group, "Voces Castellanas." Created by a group of local Hispanic women, they have a goal to share the different aspects of Spanish heritage with the community. The main goal of the group is to promote and celebrate different expressions of the Iberoamerican culture.

For more information, call 318.869.5183

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.