The United States of America is a nation born of immigration. From early English settlers seeking religious freedom to African families kidnapped and sold into slavery to the global wave of today’s new arrivals. Seeking fame, fortune, safety and opportunity, these individuals and families bring with them new traditions and philosophies that have richly enhanced American culture and society.
One group in particular that has had a profound effect our society is Caribbean-Americans. From the arts to politics to science to sports. They have made their presence felt in all aspects of American culture. So much so that 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 in the Senate.
Since the declaration, the White House has issued an annual proclamation recognizing June as Caribbean-American Heritage Month. This year marks the ninth anniversary of that honor.
To celebrate, my Caribbean-American culture blog, Rewind And Come Again is hosting a blog carnival that explores and celebrates the many contributions Caribbean-Americans have made to our nation.
We are accepting submissions through the end of June so if you have something to say about the Caribbean-American experience, write something nuh!
And be sure to join our Twitter chat on Tuesday June 10th at 8pm EST. #CaribAmeriBWB
West Indian vs. American: The Identity Crisis by Jamal A. Potter
Where’s the Immigration Reform Coalition in the Caribbean Community? by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown for Carry On Friends
11 Things to Know About Caribbean People in the USA by Jacqueline L. Scott for Anancy Magazine