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Governor Markell proclaims Hispanic Heritage Month

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Two teen queens at the LACC in Wilmington during Carnaval.

 

The Governor addressed a large crowd at the Latin American Community Center’s Carnaval festival in Wilmington as he recognized the start of Hispanic Heritage Month later this month.

Markell cited the passage of driver privilege cards legislation this year as proof that the Latino community is present, vocal and growing.

When asked about what he thinks about the relative separateness of Latinos and other residents in communities downstate, the Governor had this to say.

 

"The strength of this country since its founding, has been groups of people who come from different places and different perspectives who learn to live together. And I’m confident that over time, in all parts of this state, we’ll see more and more of that."

 

Javier Torrijos, chair of the Delaware Hispanic Commission, said he was thrilled the governor issued the proclamation. One part of Markell’s speech in particular struck him.

 

"Just about 95% of the whole speech was in Spanish, which was fantastic. So he really relates to the Latino community, and we’re really proud of him," he said.

 

The Hispanic population in Delaware doubled from 2000 to 2010.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th to October 15th.

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