01 June 2021 at 12:00AM
Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month
Passed in 2005, this holiday recognizes the contributions of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States.
A few notable Caribbean immigrants who have made significant impacts on American history include but are definitely not limited to, the first Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, Alexander Hamilton (born in Nevis), the first female U.S. Surgeon General, Antonia Novello (born in Puerto Rico), and the first black U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell (parents born in Jamaica).
As of the June 2018 Census, there are an estimated 13.2 million Caribbean-Americans living in the United States.
When I think of the Caribbean, I think of the beautiful landscapes, rich cultural histories, delicious foods, vibrant music, and the unmatched energy of all its proud countries and islands. In honor of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, I encourage you to start a conversation, support a local Caribbean-American business, or read more about the cultures and experiences of its people.
This month is a reminder that America’s greatness lies in our diversity.
To learn more, go to: https://caribbeanamericanmonth.com/