As Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month comes to a close, I want to take a moment to celebrate and recognize the incredible Hispanic/Latinx community we have here in King County and at Metro.

More than 62 million people of Latinx ancestry live in the United States, with almost 220,000 calling King County home.

In our own community at King County, the Latinx Affinity Group (KCLx) works year-round to inform policies and procedures that address racism and other forms of oppression. This Employee Resource Group connects colleagues who identify as being of Latin American origin or descent and helps increase awareness of Latinx issues within King County. I am grateful for the work they do.

I encourage all to learn more about Latinx history in Washington state by visiting History Link and reflecting on the many valuable ways this community makes our region a better place to live. To explore our region’s rich Hispanic/Latinx history and culture, take a Metro bus to visit the museums, organizations, places, mercados, panaderías, taquerías and canicerías in our area. For some great recommendations, check out our Explore our region’s rich Hispanic and Latinx history blog post.