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TEXARKANA, Texas — Texarkana College has a lineup of virtual events that will be featured on TC's website and social media pages from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month

Virtual celebrations will include student and alumni spotlights: cooking demonstrations of authentic Hispanic cuisine by TC culinary arts students and Instructor/Executive Chef Sheila Lynn; art history segments and painting techniques by TC's art instructor, Angela Melde; recommended readings and literature selections from TC's lead librarian, LaMoya Burks; and more.

Burks, who serves on the American Library Association's Pura Belpré Expansion Task Force for the identification of excellence in Latino children's literature, said TC's library display represents portrayal of the Hispanic experience in literature.

"We selected the books to feature in TC's library display to show expressions of Hispanic culture demonstrated through literature that are relevant to our community and our students," Burks said. "The display includes titles such as Esperanza Rising by Pam Muoz Ryan, who won the Pura Belpré Award for Writing, and The Poet X, a New York Times Bestseller novel by Elizabeth Acevedo. There's something for everyone to enjoy!"

Chef Sheila Lynn said TC culinary arts students are learning about techniques used to prepare authentic dishes, including Elote (Mexican Street Corn), Bionico (Mexican Fruit Salad with Cream), Tacos, and Shrimp Cocktails.

"We will video the step-by-step preparation of each of these authentic dishes so you can learn to prepare them yourself at home," Lynn said. "TC culinary students are learning about the different methods of preparing food from Hispanic origins and we are excited to share the techniques with our community."

National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States was established for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture and achievements of the United States.

Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the commemoration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Hispanic countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, which all declared independence in 1821.

(Video segments will be rolled out throughout the month and can be accessed by visiting texarkanacollege.edu online, or on TC's Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels.)

— Texarkana College

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