ATLANTA – Congresswoman Yvette Clarke , D-N.Y., will deliver the feature address at the Awards Banquet & Silent Auction hosted by the Georgia Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations (GCAHC) at the Airport Marriott, 4711 Best Road , College Park at 7 p.m.on June 30.
Her mother, The Hon. Dr. Una Clarke, a former New York City councilwoman and a champion of Caribbean causes, will accompany the congresswoman.
Georgia State Representative Billy Mitchell, who sponsored HR 765, a resolution to honor the achievements of Caribbean American citizens in Georgia throughout the month of June , along with fellow State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan that was passed unanimously in the Georgia General Assembly on April 11, will be the event’s honoree.
Tickets cost $60 per person and $100 per couple and can be purchased from any coalition member or online at www.gacaribbeanamericanheritage.org.
The month-long celebration starts with an opening reception at Atlanta City Hall Atrium, 55 Trinity Street , co-hosted by the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and co-sponsored by the Belizean and Friends Association. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
A press conference previously scheduled for June 1 to highlight the passage of HR 765 was held at the State Capitol on May 4.
On June 2, gospel artistes from throughout the Caribbean and Latin America will participate in “Gospelfest” at Divine Faith Ministries, 9800 Tara Boulevard in Jonesboro at 6 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Javan Music Productions, Inc.
At the same time, there will be a Caribbean Cultural Variety Concert at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross at 2005 S. Columbia Place in Decatur . This event is co-sponsored by the Atlanta Caribbean Association and the Grenada Atlanta Association.
On June 8, a symposium titled “Crossing Cultures: Caribbean Music in the American South” will be held at the Auburn Avenue Research Library at 101 Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlanta at 7 p.m.
On June 9, an Interfaith Celebration with the theme “The Many Faiths of the Caribbean , will be held at Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
On June 16, the Second Symposium on Haiti titled “Bringing Haitians and Friends of Haitians Together” Auburn Avenue Research library from noon to 9 p.m.
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Georgia State Capital at 206 Washington Street will be the venue for a forum on “Election Monitoring in the Caribbean” headlined by a representative from the Carter Center followed by a discussion on “Trade and Investment Opportunities: Guyana and the Caribbean.”
On June 21, the Trinidad & Tobago Association of Georgia and host a Meet & Greet and Caribbean Art Show at City Hall East, Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
On June 23, business owners can hear officials from the Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Centers, local chambers of commerce and other business professionals talk about contracting and procurement opportunities, traditional and non-traditional forms of financing, sales and marketing strategies and other business topics.
The 10 a.m. to noon Business Opportunities Seminar at Clark Atlanta University at 223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W. in Atlanta is co-sponsored by the CAU Caribbean Students Association ???
On the same day, the Guyana Association of Georgia will host its 5th Annual Tea Party and Fashion Show at the Cathedral at Chapel Hill, 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Other activities include a National Essay Writing Competition for high school students in Atlanta , DeKalb & Clayton Counties , book signings, sporting activities and a National Student Leadership Conference.
GCAHC is part of the Commemorative Committee for Caribbean American Heritage Month of the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington , D.C.
This voluntary group, formed in 2006, is dedicated to serving the community by creating annual activities to acknowledge the service of Caribbean Americans to America ; by helping to develop the cultural, educational, and economic interests of Caribbean American peoples; and to build bridges to the different communities in America .For more information, visit www.gacaribbeanamericanheritage.org