Sending Office: Serrano, Jose E.
Bring American Latino History and Contributions to the Smithsonian
Co-sponsor The National Museum of the American Latino Act
116th Congress (104): *Serrano, *Hurd,
Aguilar, Bacon, Barragán, Blumenauer, Boyle, Brownley, Carbajal, Cárdenas, Carson, Cartwright, Castro, Chu, Cisneros, Clark, Clarke, Correa, Costa, Cox, Craig, Cuellar, Danny Davis, Delgado, DeGette, DeSaulnier, Doggett,
Duffy, Engel, Escobar, Eshoo, Espaillat, Gallego, Garamendi, Garcia (IL), Garcia (TX), Gomez,
Gonzalez (OH), Gonzalez (TX), González-Colón, Grijalva, Haaland, Harder,
Herrera Beutler, Higgins (NY), Hill (CA), Horsford, Jackson Lee, Jeffries, Johnson (GA),
King (NY), Krishnamoorthi, Kuster, Lee (CA), Levin, Lewis, Lowenthal, Luján, Lynch, Carolyn Maloney, McGovern, Meng, Moore, Mucarsel-Powell, Nadler, Napolitano,
Newhouse, Norton, Ocasio-Cortez, Panetta, Pascrell, Payne, Raskin, Rouda, Ruiz, Ryan, Sablan, Sánchez, San Nicolas, Scanlon, Schiff, Scott (VA), Shalala, Sherman, Sires, Slotkin, Smith (WA), Soto, Stanton, Swalwell, Takano, Thompson (CA), Titus, Tlaib,
Torres, Torres Small, Trahan, Trone, Vargas, Veasey, Vela, Velázquez, Waters, Watson Coleman.
We invite you to co-sponsor H.R. 2420, the National Museum of the American Latino Act. Nearly 58 million Latinos, or 18.1 percent of the population, reside in the United States. By 2060, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates this population will reach 119
million, or nearly 30 percent of the population. Latinos also account for 25 percent of the nation’s 54 million K-12 students in 2016, up from 16 percent in 2000. This young, vibrant, and growing community not only represents the future, but are also the largest
and fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the country. Yet, Latinos continue to face systemic under-representation in nearly every facet of American life, including the arts and cultural institutions.
In September 2018, the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative released a much-anticipated report entitled
Invisible No More. The report highlighted the Institution’s failure in implementing seven of the ten recommendations it laid forth
to improve representation in its 24 year old report
Willful Neglect. In fact, the report found that decreased federal funding for the Smithsonian Latino Center and a pervasive dearth of leadership roles held by Latinos remain substantial barriers to achieving greater Latino inclusion. This is simply
Efforts to establish the National Museum of the American Latino have been underway since 2003. In 2008, President George W. Bush and Congressional leadership established the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American
Latino. The 23-member commission issued its
final report in 2011 laying out a detailed plan for a sustainable, world-class institution with a mission to illuminate the American Latino story for the benefit of all.
That is why we have reintroduced the National Museum of the American Latino Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would act on the Commission’s report by initiating the process of establishing a new Smithsonian museum on the National Mall dedicated
to highlighting the American Latino experience to the world. The contributions Latinos have made to American culture and history are innumerable, and often overlooked by the history books. From serving in all American wars to influencing our economy, the arts,
sciences, and sports, it is time to share this history.
José E. Serrano Will Hurd
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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