Today is the first day of June and on Friday President Barack Obama proclaimed it Caribbean Caribbean-American Heritage Month.
The campaign to designate June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month, was spearheaded by Dr. Claire Nelson, Founder and President of the Institute of Caribbean Studies. The declaration is to acknowledge the contributions and significant of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the US. Since 2006, it has been honored by the seated president of the United States.
This year marks the eighth anniversary and several events across the country are scheduled to commemorate, such as One Caribbean Television hosting a reception on Wednesday, June 3 in the nation’s capital in conjunction with the office of U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee. The event will bring together ambassadors from various Caribbean nations, members of Congress and US based Caribbean business and cultural leaders.
One Caribbean Television is simultaneously celebrating its 10-year anniversary of uniting the Caribbean with the world and providing the Caribbean region with weather, news, sports, entertainment programming from independent Caribbean television producers.
During his proclamation, President Obama said he is calling on Congress to finish the job by passing his comprehensive immigration reform bill that will offer citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants.