BY EMANI COLLINS
Thursday, June 1st, marked the beginning of the National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Proclaimed by the President on Thursday morning, the whole month of June will be filled with educational and historical events based on Caribbean culture all across the nation. The United States is labeled as a “melting pot” due to the many, different cultures that the country represents. According to the 2014 United States Census Bureau, 4,000,000 Caribbean people populate North America. States such as New York, Florida, Maryland, and the good ole’ state of Georgia, have the highest populations of Caribbean people or people of Caribbean heritage. While living in the United States, learning about different cultures is inevitable. Well-known Youtuber and author, Jouelzy, even produced a video on the Caribbean-American experience and beliefs in the United States. Caribbean-Americans are prominent leaders within the country’s society and successes today. Although the region may seem small, Caribbean people are big achievers. Many are politicians, healthcare professionals and soldiers fighting for the country. Let me catch you up on three Caribbean-American, female figures who made a difference in American history.
Well, there you have it! Did you know that these three women all had Caribbean backgrounds? Caribbean-Americans are extremely important to American history. It is fun to learn about different societies, so don’t be afraid to ask someone about their culture if you are interested! Next time you are wuking up to any of Rihanna’s hits, or eating your favorite meal at Golden Krust Bakery, research some Caribbean-American history to highlight your interests or further your knowledge. Try to find something to do this month that celebrates your Caribbean-American friends, co-workers, or even YOU! Happy National Caribbean-American Heritage Month to all!