June is Caribbean American Heritage Month!!
Here is a little excerpt from caribbeanamericanmonth.org to give you some history of the month:
“In June 2005, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted H. Con. Res. 71, sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, recognizing the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. On February 14, 2006, the resolution similarly passed the Senate, culminating a two-year, bipartisan and bicameral effort. The Proclamation was issued by President George Bush on June 6, 2006.
Since the declaration, the White House has issued an annual proclamation recognizing June as Caribbean-American Heritage Month. This year marks the eighth anniversary of June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month.
The campaign to designate June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month, was spearheaded by Dr. Claire Nelson, Founder and President of the Institute of Caribbean Studies. Through the commemoration of this month, we hope to ensure that America is reminded that its greatness lies in its diversity, with Caribbean immigrants from founding father Alexander Hamilton, to journalist Malcolm Gladwell, who have shaped the American dream.”
Here are some events you can go try to get involved with Caribbean American Heritage Month:
June 7, Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration in Rosedale, NY
June 9, AfropoliticaNYC (Afro-Caribbean Professional Mixer) in New York, NY
June 9-12, 17th annual Caribbean film festival in Washington, D.C
June 18, Jerk Festival in Washington D.C
June 18, Caribbean-American Heritage Month Celebration in Miramar, FL
June 22 Caribbean American Legislative Forum on Capital Hill in Washington D.C
June 23, Ignite Craibbean: Forum on the Future in Washington, D.C
June 24, Caribbean American Exhibition and Festival in Pembroke Pines, FL
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