This is a month to celebrate the contributions of Caribbean immigrants on American culture. It is also a time to help Caribbean-American people create a dialogue between the American public and take on leadership positions.
The purpose of this Observance is to acknowledge and admire the importance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the diversification, enrichment and contributing efforts they have accomplished in America. The National Caribbean-American Heritage Month began in June 2005, when the House of Representatives adopted H. Con. Res 71. Later, on February 14, 2006, a resolution passed the Senate, finally culminating a two-year, bipartisan and bicameral effort.
"The Vision of the National Caribbean Heritage Month movement is an America where all the contributors of the diverse immigrants that have come to these shores are celebrated and the American dream of a melting pot society that honors and promotes inclusive prosperity is realized as we all pursue the unfolding of a more perfect union."
The Caribbean has thousands of islands, cultures, a wide range of languages, such as Spanish, French, English, Dutch, Creole, Papiamento and another dozens of other native languages and, some Caribbean islands have a distinct political and strategic relationship to the United States, furthering the intrinsic history they have with each other. Influencing the history and culture of America for centuries, Caribbean people have made a mark in the United States, accomplishing the unimaginable, securing their place in history, balancing diversity and fighting for greatness. Some of the most prominent figures, like politicians, musical artist and writers have been from the Caribbean or have been descendants of and have caused monumental advances in their respected fields. Around the Caribbean and the United States, countless events are organized to celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month!
The first person of the Caribbean to make a significant impact in America was none other than one of the Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton.