HLG History

History/Résumé of HLG

 

For almost 35 years, HLG has been a major force representing the Hispanic community in the St. Louis region and in helping shape policies that affect Hispanics in the region.

 

The Early Years

 

In December 1983 a few people got together with the idea of keeping informed of Hispanic events and issues of a social and political nature happening in St. Louis and its surrounding area. One of their purposes was to serve the Hispanic community as an umbrella organization for the various Hispanic groups in the St. Louis region. The founders of HLG had as one of their goals to unite the diverse Hispanic community and present its voice to the larger society. Anthony B. Ramirez was the initiator of this effort along with a few others.

 

The assemblage named this new organization The Hispanic Leaders Group of Greater St. Louis (HLG).

 

They first met in the basement of St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church and then in various locations. In 1983, the Hispanic population was relatively small but as time passed more people attended the meetings and there more activities. In 1983, the Hispanic population in the St. Louis region was about 23,000 (as of 2011 it was about 76,000 according to the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey 2011).

 

For the first ten years, the group was a “loose conglomeration” of people, according to Mr. Ramirez.

 

On August 12, 1993, the organization was incorporated in the State of Missouri as The Hispanic Leaders Group of Greater St. Louis. It conducts its business under the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status in accordance to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

 

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