Caribbean Americans Ready for Celebration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month 2017

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Published on June 01, 2017 with No Comments

The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), the nation’s leading Caribbean American advocacy and development organization,  “One God, One Aim, One Destiny” salutes  Caribbean American Leaders across the country engaged in creating community events to commemorate the Annual Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations this June 2017. 
“This year’s events reflect the growing consciousness of our community on the need to show up and be counted especially with a new administration, said Dr. Claire Nelson, Architect and Convenor of the Campaign to Commemorate June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month,  and ICS President & Founder.  “Since 1999, ICS has worked together with community leaders, strategic partners and other stakeholders to successfully grow awareness of Caribbean immigrant contributions to America through the commemoration of June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month.   The landscape of the United States of America is constantly shaped and reshaped by the dreams of all of us who come to its shores.  Our efforts at ICS are to ensure that the many valuable contributions of the sons and daughters of the Caribbean peoples to America’s well-being are recognized.”
Of special note for 2017, is the 19th Annual National Caribbean American Legislative Forum in Washington DC, June 21st to 23rd, which will focus on the implementation goals and strategies for HR 4939 (Public Law 114-291), as offered in the White Paper prepared by members of the Caribbean American community for presentation to the US Congress and the Administration. Members of the Congressional Friends of the Caribbean Caucus members, administration officials, and national experts and scholars will participate in timely discussions of US/Caribbean policy issues as identified in the Law, namely-Diplomacy, Security, Economic Development, Education and Health as well as key domestic issues of particular importance to the Caribbean American community.  The Forum is open to the public, with registration online at
This year’s celebrations will see new cities from such as Las Vegas, Phoenix and Richmond, joining with stalwarts such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Tampa to promote pride in heritage and signal a new maturity in civic engagement. A National PSA Campaign “30 Reasons to Celebrate June” (4 – 30 second spots)  is available for airing in video format. National Celebrity Spokesperson Simone ‘Jamaican Hurricane’ Edwards, first Caribbean woman in the WNBA is among the Caribbean leaders available for media appearances to promote the month.  
For more information on the history of the month, or to secure a speaker for your event, please visit, or call 202.638.0460.



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