Hispanic Heritage Hub is a Beacon For an Underserved Community, Say Supporters
Douglas J. Guth, The Land
From September 15 to October 15, Cleveland’s Hispanic leaders join others around the U.S. in championing the history, culture, and contributions of their diverse and dynamic communities. In the past, that effort has too often culminated in non-Hispanic Clevelanders complimenting their neighbors’ taste in food and music, then spending their money elsewhere for the other 11 months of the year.
Helping to ensure that focus never fades is the Hispanic Heritage Hub, a new website and vendor space launched by Clevelanders Mariely Luengo and Marcia Moreno. In the years ahead, the site will ideally foster stronger connections between the Hispanic community and Cleveland corporate leaders.
“That spotlight needs to be used for empowerment and economic development,” says Luengo, an independent strategic solutions consultant. “We get that spotlight once a year to make it clear who we are and what we want to do. Hispanic Heritage Month means different things to different people, but the community just wants to showcase one another.”