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Caribbean American Heritage month

In June 2005, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted H. Con. Res. 71, which was sponsored by the Democratic (CA) Congresswoman Barbara Lee. This resolution acknowledged the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. On February 14, 2006, the resolution also passed the Senate, marking the end of a two-year, bipartisan and bicameral effort. The proclamation was issued by President George W. Bush on June 6, 2006, giving recognition to Caribbean American Heritage (CAHM).  CAHM is not just about getting a brief history moment about Shirley Chisholm, Colin Powell, and Alexander Hamilton, argues Dr. Karen Alston, Chair of CAHM.  Ms. Alston describes the recognition as at time of recognition to spend “educating and re-educating about the principle of nationhood.”  

During Caribbean-American Heritage Month (CAHM), all Americans have the opportunity to celebrate the remarkable achievements and dreams of the millions of individuals of Caribbean descent who currently call the United States home. This commemoration pays tribute to the collective history of resilience and joy that has bound together and enriched life throughout our region for generations. The Caribbean American identity is incredibly diverse, encompassing a rich tapestry of cultures, languages, and traditions that epitomize the spirit of the American narrative. The nations are united by common values and a shared history, which includes triumphing over the burdens of colonialism, confronting the profound impact of slavery, and seizing fresh opportunities across borders and generations.

Operation Xcel serves many Caribbean-American families.  As a culturally diverse organization, we value the unique and colorful expressions related to their West Indian roots from which their beliefs and culture emanate.

"Life is one big road with lots of signs. So, when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief, and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision into reality. Wake up and live" (Bob Marley).