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31 Google Doodles That Honor Latinx Culture and History

Over the years, Google has made it a point to celebrate several notable Latinxs through their Google Doodles, little pieces of art that replace the traditional Google logo and educate the millions of people who search on the site about accomplished, interesting people, important dates in history, and more. One of their most recent ones was a shout out on September 15th to “Puerto Rican civil rights pioneer and business owner Felicitas Mendez,” and the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. In celebration and appreciation, we are going to take a look at some of the great Google Doodles created in homage to famous Latinos from several different countries and Latinx culture.

 

Felicitas Mendez

Puerto Rican Felicitas Mendez is an icon of Latinx activism. She and her Mexican husband, Gonzalo Mendez fought for equality for their children, who were forced to attend segregated schools. The 1946 case (decided in 1947) against the Westminster School District of Orange County, Mendez v. Westminster historically made putting Mexican children in “Mexican schools” unlawful and unconstitutional. Mendez was honored on September 15, 2020, the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month, with this Google Doodle.

The Anniversary of Loteria

On December 9 of last year, Google celebrated the 106th anniversary of the copyrighting in Mexico of the classic Mexican card game Loteria, with a festive Doodle. In addition to the artwork, there is the addition of an actual interactive game, where players can play with friends, or with random users from around the world.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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We were muy excited to see this Google Doodle that celebrated what would have been the 91st birthday of Colombian writer and Nobel Prize of Literature recipient Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Gabo!). The colorful artwork features a visual depiction of his 1967 literary masterpiece, Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude).

Maria Firmina dos Reis

On what would have been her 194th birthday, October 11, 2019, Afro-Brazilian author, educator, and activist Maria Firmina dos Reis was honored with a Google Doodle. The trailblazer was Brazil’s first novelist and often wrote on the topics of slavery, such as in Úrsula, her 1859 abolitionist novel.

Yma Sumac

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Google shared a doodle of Peruvian songbird on September 13, 2016, on what would have been her 94th birthday. The soprano was reported to have a five-octave range, and to also have been an Incan princess.

Selena

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The Latino world collectively lost it when the animated Selena Google Doodle was released on October 17, 2017, the 28th anniversary of the release of her debut album Selena. It was also the middle of Hispanic History Month, which made the sentiment that much sweeter.

Ruben Dario

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Ruben Dario was a Nicaraguan poet and writer, credited with creating Modernismo, a Spanish-American literary and cultural movement. On January 13, 2013, Google shared this dreamy illustration of a swan, for what would have been his 146th birthday. It is in reference to his poem, “El Cisne” (“The Swan”).

Juana Manso

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For her 198th birthday – June 26, 2017 – Google honored Argentinian feminist, journalist, translator, novelist, activist, and educator, Juana Paula Manso. She spoke out against racism and slavery, and for women’s emancipation – just our kind of gal.

Rachel de Queiroz

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Brazil’s Rachel de Queiroz got her own Google Doodle on November 17, 2017, her 107th birthday. Queiroz was an author, journalist, and translator, in addition to being the first woman to be accepted into the country’s Academia Brasileira de Letras (Brazilian Academy of Letters).

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Celia Cruz

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October 21, 2013

Azúcar! For the legendary Celia Cruz’s 88th birthday, Google gave the Cubana singer an artistic homenaje. It’s apropos that her Google is in gold – she did, after all, earn 23 gold albums in her illustrious career.

Violeta Parra

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Violeta Parra – Chilean singer, composer, activist, ethnomusicologist, and more – has been called the Mother of Latin American Folk. She was also a pioneer in the Nueva Cancion Chilena (New Chilean Song) movement. Best known for writing and performing the song, “Gracias a la Vida,” Parra’s Google Doodle was released on October 4, 2017, on what would have been her 100th birthday.

Ynés Mexía

Of course, some of the best Latinx Google Doodles are released during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). One such Doodle was on September 15, 2019, in honor of Mexican botanist and explorer Ynés Mexía, who collected over 150,000 botanical specimens throughout her career which started at the age of 51. Several of Mexia’s finds were new discoveries, and many were named after her.

Elvia Carrillo Puerto

December 6, 2017, marked the 139th birthday of Elvia Carrillo Puerto, a Mexican socialist politician, and feminist also known as La Monja Roja (The Red Nun). Elvia created the first feminist resistance league, helped women in the Yucatan get the right to vote, and won election to the state legislature in 1923.

Claudio Bravo Camus

The Google Doodle for November 8, 2019, was an homage to Chilean hyperrealist artist Claudio Bravo Camus, and his unique art, which had Renaissance, Spanish Baroque, and Surrealist influences. The date marks what would have been the Valparaíso native’s 83rd birthday.

Mercedes Sosa

Mercedes Sosa is the subject of this January 31, 2109, Google Doodle. The Argentinian folk singer, also known as La Negra for her raven black tresses, was one of the largest artists in the Nuevo Cancionero genre and movement. Her sung words allowed Sosa to become “the voice of the voiceless ones,” during a career that lasted almost six decades.

Mexico’s Independence Day

To celebrate Mexican Independence Day — September 16, 1810 — Google took to their homepage this year to create this fun, animated Google Doodle. It features an interpretation of Oaxacan embroidery, as well as pinwheels, horns, and the colors of the Mexican flag — red, white and green.

Lupicínio Rodrigues

This year, on what would have been his 105th birthday (September 16), Afro-Brazilian singer and composer of samba-canção (sad samba) Lupicinio Rodrigues was honored with a Google Doodle. This cool artwork features a voice bubble with a heart, which breaks when you hover your cursor over it.

Ignacio Anaya Garcia

Google Doodles are not only pretty to look at, but they also teach us so much about the people who have changed our lives. One such example is Ignacio Anaya Garcia. The Mexican culinary genius, nicknamed Nacho, created the very first nachos, which he dubbed nachos especiales (featuring tortilla chips, sliced, and melted grated Wisconsin cheese. The Doodle honoring him celebrates his 124th birthday, August 14, 2019.

El Salvador’s Independence Day

September 15 marks the independence day of five Central American countries — El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Honduras, which once made up the Republica Federal de Centroamerica — from Spain. This cute Google Doodle celebrates each country with an animated GIF of each flag waving proudly. Here is El Salvador’s.

Lucha Reyes

Afro-Peruvian singer and performer Lucha Reyes’ 83rd birthday, July 19, 2019, was celebrated with a beautiful Google Doodle. Reyes, known as La Morena de Oro de Peru, and La Reina de la Popularidad, made Canción Criolla, Creole music which mixed Afro-Peruvian and Andean styles, popular. In fact, Peru’s Dia de la Cancion Criolla is celebrated on the day of Lucha’s death, October 31.

Julio Jaramillo

Ecuadorian singer Julio Jaramillo’s 84th birthday was celebrated with its own Google Doodle. The artist, born in Guayaquil in 1935, is known as El Ruiseñor de America/The Nightingale of America and sang in the genres of bolero, ranchero, tangos, and Ecuador’s national music genre, pasillo. He recorded thousands of songs, one of which is the super popular, “Nuestro Juramento.”

Tin Tan

Animated Google Doodles are so fun to watch, and of course, we love them more when they have to do with Latinx excellence. This one, from September 18, 2019, celebrates Mexican icon Germán Valdés, better known as Tin Tan. The actor, singer, and comedian is known for his pachuco style and language (Caló), as well as for his Spanish dubbing for the Disney films, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.

Argentina’s Independence Day

Another Latinx independence day recognized by Google’s Google Doodles is that of Argentina. July 9, 1816, marks the day that the South American country announced its freedom from Spanish rule. In 2016, Argentina celebrated 200 years of independence, and three years after that, Google joined in the celebrations with this animated Doodle.

Simón Rodríguez

Birthdays are often the perfect event for Google to celebrate notable Latinxs with their Google Doodles. October 27, 2018, marked the 249th birthday of Venezuelan philosopher, educator, scholar, and humanist Simón Rodriguez. He was a tutor and mentor of Simon Bolivar, The Liberator of Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia from Spanish rule.

Mother’s Day in Panama

In Panama, Mother’s Day is celebrated on December 7. This year, Google paid homage to todas las mamas with this sweet animated Google Doodle, featuring three vignettes of mother duck teaching and protecting her ducklings as only a mom could.

Uruguay’s Independence Day

August 25, 1825, marks the day that Uruguay broke free from Brazilian rule, and this year, Google joined in on the celebrations with this animated Google Doodle of the flag-waving proudly.

Matilde Hidalgo de Procel

Matilde Hidaldo de Procel was a woman of firsts. The physician, poet, and activist, who hailed from Ecuador, was the country’s first female doctor (on November 20, 1921). Matilde was also the first woman to vote in Latin America (in 1924), encouraged her nation to become the first to grant suffrage to women, and was the first female to be elected into office (in 1941).

Desi Arnaz

Desi Arnaz brought Latinismo to television, and therefore into the living rooms of millions of Americans. The Cuban actor, musician, and producer is an undeniable part of pop culture history for his starring role in the classic, I Love Lucy (alongside wife Lucille Ball). On March 1 of this year, Google honored the iconic Latinx, on his 102nd birthday, with an animated Google Doodle showcasing three interpretations of Desi.

Antonio Rivas Mercado

On his 166th birthday —February 25, 2019 — Mexican architect Antonio Rivas Mercado was celebrated with this colorful Google Doodle. One of the designs he is known for is Mexico City’s Monumento a la Independencia, also known as El Ángel.

Dominican Republic’s Independence Day

The Dominican Republic celebrates its independence day on February 27. It was on this day, in 1844, that the Latinx nation declared itself separate from Haiti. Google was ready this year for the celebration with its animated Dominican flag Google Doodle.

Dolores del Rio

Mexicana Dolores del Rio was the first Latinx actress to become a star in Hollywood. Known for her immense beauty, the icon also made her mark during Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinema. In a beautiful, floral-trimmed portrait, Google paid homage to the also philanthropist and art advocate with this colorful Google Doodle, on August 3, 2017, her 113th birthday.

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