ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Here in the Forest City, one man, known as “DJ Monsta”, is working to help establish Rockford’s Hispanic Heritage Month.
Sunday officially kicks off the celebration, which runs September 15th to October 15th, celebrating the independence days of several Latin American countries.
Rockford DJ Vic Rivera (aka “DJ Monsta”) is behind this year’s effort to share the history of the events.
“They actually do their proclamation every year, and I didn’t know that. And actually, a lot of people didn’t know that. So, I really wanted to be involved, because I wanted to really help showcase that, because I feel that it’s very important to our community and our youth,” he said.
Rivera’s stamp on the community was officially marked by the City of Rockford with a proclamation declaring the next four weeks as a time to recognize the Hispanic community’s contribution in the Forest City.
“A lot of people migrated to Rockford specifically because Rockford had a lot of great jobs, like Ingersoll, Nelson, and Testors. They were all in this neighborhood, which is still mainly Hispanic,” he said.
He says the Latin community on Rockford’s Southwest side still thrives when they come together, and there’s so much they can accomplish as they work to iron out cultural differences.
“We are united to an extent but there are still a lot of (division), culturally, between different areas of South America, but there’s also a huge age gap,” he said. “I really feel that this is a great time to start coming together and start collaborating on anything and everything.”
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