... that June is Caribbean American Heritage Month?
In June 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution recognizing the significance of Caribbean immigrants and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. In February 2006, the resolution passed the Senate. Since that time, the White House has issued an annual proclamation recognizing June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.
The following data related to people of Caribbean heritage was compiled by the Census Bureau.
2.7 million people in the United States have a Caribbean ancestry!
Some of the largest West Indian ancestry groups in the United States include:
- Jamaican (1.0 million)
- Haitian (908,000)
- Trinidadian and Tobagonian (196,000)
- Barbadian (62,000)
- Bahamian (53,000)
- U.S. Virgin Islander (17,000)
Caribbean immigrants brought music, such as soca, calypso, and reggae, which has had a profound impact on U.S. popular culture.
Famous Caribbean Americans include actors Cicely Tyson, Sidney Poitier, and Harry Belafonte; writer Jamaica Kincaid; and poet Claude McKay.
What can you do today to honor this beautiful culture?