Without the Caribbean Community, where would the United States be?
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Now more than ever, it is increasingly important for the migrant population living in the United States to make their presence and contributions known to the world. Thanks to the diligent efforts of visionaries like Congresswoman Barbara Lee and ICS Founder and President Dr. Claire Nelson, the Caribbean community living in the US now have an entire month dedicated to recognizing our contributions. In the month of June, we have permission to boast about all the great things we have done and continue to do to build our individual lives, the Caribbean community and the US at large.
We can remind the country that without us there would no;
- Alexander Hamilton who was one of the founding fathers of the United States, the founder of the nation’s financial system, the federalist party, the united states coast guard and the first secretary of the Treasury ato list but a few of his accomplishments. He is also a native of Charlestown, Nevis.
- Crispus Attucks who was the first casualty of the War of Independence and also a native of Barbados
- Colin Powell, the youngest Chief Of Staff of the United States Armed Forces and former United States Secretary of State who has his roots planted in Jamaica
- Louis Farrakhan, leader of the powerful and influential Nation of Islam, traces his roots to the tiny Caribbean island of St.Kitts
- Malcolm X’s mother came from the revolutionary island of Grenada, while his father was a Jamaican
- Stokely Carmichael, now Kwame Toure, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, and who excelled during the Civil Rights/Black Power era in the United States.
- Cleveland Robinson, a Jamaican, who marched with Dr.Martin Luther King,Jr., and who helped him plot the course of the Civil Rights struggle, also stands out, as well as his lifelong commitment to workers’ rights in the trade union movement.
- Cicely Tyson, Sidney Poitier , Harry Belafonte and Sheryl Lee Ralph to list but a small few who have contributed to the arts and entertainment landscape with their undeniable talent, tenacity and perseverance
- Derek Walcott, the St. Lucian playwright and Nobel Prize Winner
- Paulie Marshall and Jamaica Kincaid, acclaimed novelists
- Patrick Ewing, the Jamaican retired Hall of Fame basketball player. He played most of his career with the NBA’s New York Knicks as their starting center and played briefly with the Seattle Super Sonics and Orlando Magic
- Tim Duncan, the a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA Finals MVP, and NBA Rookie of the Year and US Virgin Islands native
This is by no means an exhaustive list. It is but a tiny representation of the vast influence the small Caribbean islands have had on the United States and by extension the world. It’s a legacy to be proud of, a legacy that we should boast of and one that we should never forget as this generation forges ahead and builds on the works of our forefathers. Caribbean American Heritage Month is one that Caribbean nationals should be proud of and celebrate. For more information visit: CAHM OFFICIAL WEBSITE .
Source: OPED NEWS
SOUND OFF: How will you be celebrating your heritage in the month of June?
MISSION: To elevate the brand of Caribbean culture in the fields of MUSIC, BUSINESS and the ARTS by celebrating the work of cultural ambassadors while advocating for upcoming Caribbean talent1.