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Caribbean Residents Of Georgia To Celebrate The First Caribbean-American Heritage Month In June 2006

Atlanta, Georgia – May 2006. In response to the passage of Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s bill (H.Con.Res. 71) designating June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, the Georgia Caribbean-American Heritage Month Planning Committee has created a central calendar of several events that depict Caribbean culture at different locations in the metro Atlanta area to help celebrate the month of June. Not only will Georgia Caribbean residents observe the occasion, but those interested in Caribbean culture will also get involved in the festivities. The Georgia Planning Committee consists of community leaders and representatives of Caribbean organizations.

Some of the previously scheduled events include film and documentary screenings, art exhibitions featuring Jamaican and Trinidadian artists, a health fair in Conyers, hosted by the Grenada-Atlanta Association, a photographic exhibition depicting Caribbean culture in Atlanta, and several sporting events demonstrating cricket, netball and other sports that are commonly played in the Caribbean.

Additionally, one of the highlights of the month’s activities designed to bring the communities together, is a kick-off Caribbean breakfast at the Georgia State Capitol on June 1. On June 10, members of the community will have an opportunity to air their views at a community forum at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, where issues affecting the Caribbean community will be discussed. A series of grand finale events will include a Caribbean cultural variety concert on June 24 showcasing local talent. Guests will also be able to sample authentic food from the different regions of the Caribbean.

For additional information contact Valrie Walker Sanders at 404.752.6080 or Rose Grant at 404.768.7466.

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