Caribbean Heritage Month

The month of June is Caribbean Heritage Month. This month is a time oriented around educating and celebrating the rich and diverse culture that is present in the Caribbean

The History of Caribbean Heritage Month
This month-long observance was officially established in 2005 through a unanimous resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives. This resolution was introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who advocated for the recognition of June as Caribbean American Heritage Month. The initiative aimed to highlight the Caribbean region’s vibrant culture, history, and the significant impact Caribbean Americans have made in various fields, such as politics, arts, sports, and business

How to Support and Celebrate

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month! Here are a few ways you can be inclusive and supportive: – Educate yourself on the extensive history of the Caribbean and the deep, impactful role that Colonialism played in the region – Listen to Caribbean-made music and read Caribbean literature

Other Ways to Celebrate

 

Indulge in Cuisine

Delving into Caribbean cuisine is another fantastic way to celebrate! Try your hand at preparing traditional dishes like jerk chicken, rice and peas, roti, or callaloo! These mouthwatering flavors are a testament to the region’s culinary prowess and will undoubtedly leave you craving more

 

 

Practice Language

With influences from English, Spanish, French, Dutch, and indigenous languages, the region boasts a fascinating linguistic tapestry. From Jamaican Patois to Haitian Creole, these languages reflect the cultural fusion and history of the Caribbean. Celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month by exploring the captivating linguistic heritage and learning a few phrases in these vibrant languages. Embrace the power of language to connect and appreciate the rich diversity of the Caribbean!

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