I am a Caribbean-American! The United States has always been a beacon of hope, opportunity, and diversity. This is what separates this country from the rest of the world and why people today still flock to this country to become American citizens. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, more than 5.6 million people between 2001-2010 became United States Citizens. (See USCIS http://www.uscis.gov) Just like many other cultural groups that make up this great country, the Caribbean now has its own month to celebrate: June!
When Did it Get Started?
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) (http://www.lee.house.gov/) introduced legislation to make June Caribbean-American Heritage month. This led to President Bush proclaiming, “June officially National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.”
"During Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the great contributions of Caribbean Americans to the fabric of our Nation, and we pay tribute to the common culture and bonds of friendship that unite the United States and the Caribbean countries.
Our Nation has thrived as a country of immigrants, and we are more vibrant and hopeful because of the talent, faith, and values of Caribbean Americans. For centuries, Caribbean Americans have enriched our society and added to the strength of America. They have been leaders in government, sports, entertainment, the arts, and many other fields.
During the month of June, we also honor the friendship between the United States and the Caribbean countries. We are united by our common values and shared history, and I join all Americans in celebrating the rich Caribbean heritage and the many ways in which Caribbean Americans have helped shape this Nation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2006 as Caribbean-American Heritage Month. I encourage all Americans to learn more about the history of Caribbean Americans and their contributions to our Nation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.
GEORGE W. BUSH"
What does this mean?
What makes the United States a great country is the ability to have people all over the world come to one place and work in harmony and become successful. No matter where you are from, Caribbean American Heritage Month gives us time to recognize the work and the contribution that Caribbean Americans have made for the United States.
Everyone comes from somewhere and you should be proud of your heritage. Here are some of the events that have taken place and will be taking place in the Central Florida area: