National Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month
Thursday, September 21, 2023
Every year, from September 15th until October 15th, we celebrate and highlight the contributions and achievements of Spanish-speaking Americans. Hispanic Heritage Week began with sponsored legislation from Mexican-American Representative Edward R. Roybal of Los Angeles. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation into law in 1968. In 1988, President Reagan expanded Hispanic Heritage Week to a month-long celebration.
This celebration starts on September 15th to coincide with the anniversary of the “Grito de Dolores” or “Cry of Dolores,” which launched Mexico’s independence from Spain. The Hispanic and Latino community, the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, has long stood as examples of strong community, hard work, and relentless pursuit of possibilities. Undoubtedly, we give many thanks to this vibrant and multifaceted community for their contributions to the unique fabric that we call America and even more to our unique Flight Attendant family.
We will spotlight some of our colleagues and share their stories throughout the month. Join me as we learn a little bit about New York-based Flight Attendant Jovie Jimenez!
“Being a Flight Attendant was always my mom’s dream. When I was growing up, she would always tell me this anytime we were on a plane, which was often. I moved to Ohio from Hermosillo, Mexico when I was eight years old. My parents didn’t want me to lose my culture, so I would travel back and forth anytime I had a break from school. I started paying attention to the Flight Attendants more and more as the years went on. I traveled as an unaccompanied minor for about seven years, always admiring the Flight Attendants. Fast forward to 2016, when I received my wings. Anytime I have unaccompanied minors on my flights, it brings me back to my childhood. Lately, I’ve had many unaccompanied minors who don’t speak much (if any) English. Having been in this same position, I always empathize and can make them feel comfortable on their journey.
I am thankful to have the same opportunity to help others the same way many Flight Attendants helped me over the years. As for my mom, I think her real dream was to have the capability to travel the world. At least that’s what my benefits tell me.”
Thank you, Jovie, for sharing your journey to the skies with us!
Keep a look out as we share more stories about our amazing co-workers with you throughout the celebrations!
APFA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Chair