The Center recognizes and commemorates Caribbean American Heritage Month—a month of exploration, celebration and connection. Throughout June, we hope our members took every opportunity to embrace the brilliant tapestry of Caribbean culture and honor the remarkable contributions made by Caribbean Americans. This month allowed us to reflect on the richness of Caribbean American heritage, the resilience this community embodies, and gave us a deeper appreciation for the vibrant Caribbean diaspora.
There are numerous trailblazers of Caribbean American heritage to honor—extraordinary individuals whose spirits and achievements have left an indelible mark on history. Among them, Bob Marley stood as a global icon, utilizing his timeless music and powerful lyrics to become a champion for social justice, spreading messages of love, unity and equality. Colin Powell, whose parents immigrated from Jamaica to New York in the 1920s, broke barriers and made significant contributions as the first Black man to serve as the United States Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. With his exceptional leadership and diplomatic skills, Powell played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy and international relations. As we reflect upon these individuals’ groundbreaking accomplishments, we are reminded of the profound legacy they have left behind. Marley and Powell‘s remarkable journeys continue to inspire and uplift us, serving as a beacon of hope and motivation for all.
Caribbean American Heritage Month 2023 immersed the DC area in events to celebrate this community’s art, history and culture.The Caribbean Reads Events shone as a delightful opportunity to immerse oneself in the world of Caribbean American authors, their captivating stories and the profound impact of their literary contributions. Caribbean Restaurant week treated attendees to Haitian cuisines, vegetarian and vegan dishes from Chef Lois Baker of Sweet Sosumba and so much more.
As Caribbean American Heritage Month concludes, The Center carries the spirit of celebration forward into our ongoing efforts. Inspired by the ideals of diversity and unity, we strive to foster an environment that cherishes the richness of our various heritages. Through cultural exchange, collaboration, and the promotion of equal opportunities, we continue to weave a tapestry where the achievements and ongoing contributions of Caribbean Americans are acknowledged, valued and celebrated throughout the year.