Supporters celebrated the group’s launch, which coincides with Hispanic National Heritage Month, as a landmark event that testifies to the recognition of the Latino community for its cultural and historical accomplishments. U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra (CA), who sponsored the House of Representatives bill in 2003 that initiated the commission, hopes the museum will encourage reform in
“This could never have happened 20 years ago. We’re proud. We’re going to create a legacy that will last forever,” said Estefan, the husband of fellow Academy Award winner Gloria Estefan, who President Obama appointed to the commission last month.
Lead organizers predict that the museum, which may be located on the National Mall, will open its doors in 10 years. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar asked the congressionally-created commission to report back to lawmakers within a year about its progress.