National Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebrations will open with an Official Ceremony on June 1st at 10:00 am EDT. The event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform and will feature keynote speaker, Barbara Feinstein, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Barbara A. Feinstein, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Caribbean Affairs and Haiti.
Other invited speakers include: H.E. Lynn Young, Ambassador of Belize to the USA and Chair of the CARICOM Diplomatic Caucus; Ambassador Donna Forde, Assistant Secretary General of CARICOM; and Dr. Didacus Jules, Director-General of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. Special live performance by internationally acclaimed Jamaican tenor, Steve Higgins is also on the agenda to commemorate the occasion. Since 2006, June has been designated as National Caribbean American Heritage Month by Presidential Proclamation. Caribbean Americans have contributed to the development of the United States in extraordinary ways. Millions of people in the United States are connected to our Caribbean Neighbors.
“Standing in Our Legacy to Re-Ignite our Future” is the theme for the June 2022 Caribbean Heritage Month, being celebrated across the United States in recognition of the contribution of the Caribbean Peoples to the culture and economy of the nation. The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), a non-profit based in Washington DC, Founding Convenor of the movement along with Caribbean diaspora associations across twenty states are organizing activities in communities with significant levels of Caribbean American Nationals. This year’s activities will be held in a variety of hybrid options (virtual and in-person) owing to the ongoing effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.