Caribbean-American Heritage Month

In addition to Pride, June has also been designated as Caribbean-American Heritage Month.  During this month, we stop to reflect on and celebrate the achievements and influence of Caribbean people and culture on the United States.

In June 2005, Congresswoman Barbara Lee sponsored House Resolution 71, recognizing the significance of the Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the US. In February 2006, the Senate passed a similar resolution. President George W. Bush issued the first Proclamation recognizing Caribbean-American Heritage Month on June 6, 2006.

In recognizing Caribbean-American Heritage Month, it is crucial to acknowledge that there is no single Caribbean identity. Caribbean culture is influenced by various countries, including the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, The Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Aruba, among many others. The mix of cultures, languages, and religions across the Caribbean region is reflected in various ways across the United States. Despite these differences, there is a shared history among the countries of the Caribbean of overcoming colonialism, confronting the impact of slavery, and forging new opportunities.

Learn more about Caribbean American Heritage Month and the rich tapestry of cultures that form this vibrant community below.

Caribbean-American Heritage Month

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Caribbean-American Trailblazers:

Celebrating Caribbean-American Heritage Month

  • Look for parades and festivals in your local community
  • Learn about Caribbean cuisine or visit a Caribbean restaurant
  • Visit a local art gallery featuring work by Caribbean artists
  • Attend a concert by Caribbean artists