Jamaica Diaspora Southern United States Caribbean-American Heritage Month Celebrations

Caribbean-American Heritage Month 2007 – Jamaica Diaspora Southern United States

Office of the Press Secretary

During Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the great contributions of Caribbean
Americans to the fabric of our Nation, and we pay tribute to the common culture and bonds of
friendship that unite the United States and the Caribbean countries.
Our Nation has thrived as a country of immigrants, and we are more vibrant and hopeful
because of the talent, faith, and values of Caribbean Americans. For centuries, Caribbean
Americans have enriched our society and added to the strength of America. They have been
leaders in government, sports, entertainment, the arts, and many other fields.
During the month of June, we also honor the friendship between the United States and the
Caribbean countries. We are united by our common values and shared history, and I join all
Americans in celebrating the rich Caribbean heritage and the many ways in which Caribbean
Americans have helped shape this Nation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by
virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby
proclaim June 2006 as Caribbean-American Heritage Month. I encourage all Americans to learn
more about the history of Caribbean Americans and their contributions to our Nation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of June, in the year of
our Lord two thousand six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the
two hundred and thirtieth.

Caribbean-American Heritage Month 2007

June 1-30
ONE BOOK ONE CARIBBEAN: Community-wide Celebration of Reading
BREATHE, EYES, MEMORY by Edwidge Danticat
Haitian born novelist Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory is the book recommended by
the Caribbean Consular Corp to celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month through reading. The main
theme in the plot centers on love and the sacrifices we make in its name. Breath, Eyes and
Memory broadens the mind of readers to highlight other stories of Love, courage, struggles and
finally triumph of the human spirit.
For information call 954-357-7478

June 1-3, 2007, 6/1: 8pm; 6/2: 2pm and 8pm; 6/3: 1pm and 6:30pm
Featuring the Tony Award-Winning Choreography of Jamaican-born Garth Fagan
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater
Tickets: $25.75 – $75.25

Friday, June 1, 2007, 10pm
First Fridays of Florida
Celebrates Caribbean-American Heritage Month
At a New Venue
Brasa’s: 7920 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines
(SE Corner of Pines Blvd., & University Drive)


Friday, June 1, 2007, 6pm
International Haitian Directory
Guest Speaker: Ms. Marie Florence S. Bell, Chairperson, 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating
First Haitian-American Woman to Chair the Commission
Marabou Café
9940 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, Florida
RSVP, 786-290-4760 or [email protected]
Free Admission


June 2-3, 2007. 10am both days
Miami Bahamas Goombay Festival 2007 (6/2 – 6/3)
Venue: Along S. Bayshore Dr. and McFarlane Rd.
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Phone: (800) 891-7811
Cost: Free
Event Details: One of the largest Black heritage festivals in the United States. Enjoy colorful
costumed junkanoo groups dancing to Caribbean rhythms. Featuring entertainment on three
stages and more than 300 vendors selling a variety of arts, crafts and food.

Saturday, June 2, 2007, 9:30pm
Queens High School (Florida Chapter)
and Calabar Alumni Association (Florida Chapter)
Present: “Another Queens and Calabar Affair”
W. Broward Masonic Lodge (west on Pines Blvd; north on 178th Ave;
Lodge is first turn on the right) in Pembroke Pines
Adm $15.00 pre-sold, $20.00 at the gate; Music by: DJ Mark Swaby
For more Queens High School Alumni information visit: www.qhsafl.org

Saturday, June 2, 2007, 8:30pm
Maska Caribbean Cultural Association presents
14th Annual Miss USA Mastana Cultural Pageant
“Empowerment of Women”
Walter C. Young Center
901 NW 129th Avenue, Pembroke Pines
Featuring: Devindra Puran, Nazimool & Ruby Khan and Reigning Queen – Candace
For more information – 954-394-6145

Saturday June 2, 2007, 11 am to 2 pm – ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Town Hall Meeting (featuring Consuls-Generals of CARICOM
Valencia Community College, West Campus, Orlando Florida
For more information, call Ryvan Campbell 407-595-4747
Or email [email protected]. Public is invited

Saturday, June 2, 2007, 7pm- ORLANDO, FLORIDA
The Caribbean Bar Association, Central Florida Chapter
Third Annual Barrister’s Ball & Silent Auction
“Brown Girl in the Ring: Caribbean Women in Motion”
Wyndham Resort
8001 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Keynote Speaker: Wendy Fitzwilliam, Miss Universe 1998, Attorney, United Nations Goodwill
Featuring Steel Pan Music & Various Cultural Entertainment
Tickets are $75 each. For tickets, contact:
Golding Law Group, PLC at 407-574-8691; Gail Seeram at 407-292-7730.

Sunday, June 3, 12-5pm
Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 West Flagler Street, Downtown, Miami
See for the last time rare books, maps, prints, photographs and video footage that depict the
design and recovery of this partially sunken city.
For more information, visit www.hmsf.org

Saturday, June 3, 2007, Noon – 11pm
3th Annual UniFest
Presented by:
Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce,
the Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition
and the City of Lauderdale Lakes
Vincent Torres Memorial Park
4331 NW 36th Street, Lauderdale Lakes
Featuring: Business expo, Health fair, Citizenship Drive, Arts & crafts,
Live Entertainment
Parade of Flags and costumes representing various countries, and a captivating performance
by the U.S. Virgin Island stilt Dancers.
For more information contact: GCACC at (954) 730-8885 or visit: www.gcacc.com

Thursday June 7, 2007, 6-9 pm
Grand Opening Reception/Art Exhibition
CARIBEANA: One River, Several Streams
Under the Patronage of the Caribbean Elected Official of Broward County
South Regional/BCC Library
7300 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines Florida
Featuring: International artists from the Caribbean nations will be assembled in a group
Exhibition entitled CARIBEANA: One River, Several Streams opening the month long
celebrating Caribbean Heritage Month
For information call 954-357-7478

Friday, June 8, 2007, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
The Consuls-General of CARICOM in association with the
City of Miami host a Reception
In Commemoration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month
Ritz Carlton, Coconut Grove, 3300 SW 27th Avenue, Miami
Dress: Business Attire
RSVP required by June 4, 305-374-8431, Ext. 223

Saturday, June 9, 2007, 3:30pm
Democratic Caribbean Caucus of Florida Meeting
The Westin Diplomat & Resort
3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood
RSVP to Milli Smith, Director of Party Affairs for the Florida Democratic Party: 850-222-
3411,Ext. 31

Saturday, June 9, 2007, 7pm
Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association of Florida Annual Dinner
The Miramar Civic Center
6920 SW 35th Street, Miramar
Contribution $65
Guest Speaker: Chairman of the JC Board of Trustees, Hon. R. Danny Williams
For more information, visit www.jcobafl.org

Saturday June 9, 2007, 10 am- 5 pm
ONE BOOK ONE CARIBBEAN: Community-wide Celebration of Reading
BREATHE, EYES, MEMORY by Edwidge Danticat
Reading at 2:30pm
South Regional/BCC Library
7300 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines Florida
CARIBBEAN MARKET PLACE: Arts, Crafts, Performing and Literary arts CARIBBEAN
This mini-folk arts festival reproduces the Caribbean marketplace as a Caribbean organization
of social space. In the Caribbean, the marketplace is both a spatio/cultural area and a site for
structuring sociopolitical and economic patterns and experimentation of meanings. Caribbean
crafts, story telling, traditional dances demonstrations, dramatic readings and performance of
various Caribbean styles will delight the visitors providing an ambiance of the Caribbean Market
For information call 954-357-7478

Sunday, June 10, 2007, 1:30pm
Launching of Bridges to Memory
A Poetry Collection Exploring the Connection between History, Memory & Culture
With Educator and author, Dr. Marva McClean
Diaspora Vibe Gallery
3938 N. Miami Avenue in the Miami Design District
She will also read from Bridges to Memory at the Broward County South Regional Library
during Caribana celebrations on Wednesday, June 27 at 7:30 P.M. and at the North Miami
Beach Public Library on Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 6:30 P.M.
For further information visit www.bridgestomemory.com.


Friday, June 15, 2007, 6pm
With the Mr. Lucius Thomas, Commissioner of Police
Miramar City Hall
located at the corner of Red Road and Hiatus Road
Directions – go to http://www.commdev.miramar-fl.gov/cityclerk/location.html
Commissioner Thomas will address the Community on the issue of crime and violence,
and plans, present and future to deal with this issue in Jamaica. There will also be an
opportunity for persons to ask questions.

Saturday, June 16, 2007, 10am – 1pm
JAMPACT and Jamaican Diaspora Southern US present
Jamaican Storytelling Time
Featuring: A celebration of Jamaican children stories – old and new. Featuring, Author
Kellie Magnus reading from her book – Little Lion Goes to School. Also, readers will
present classics such as Anansi.
African American Research Library
2650 Sistrunk Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Saturday, June 16, 2007, 2pm – 7pm
Jamaican Diaspora Southern US
Celebrity-Media Mini-Sports & Health Awareness Day
With Eddy Edwards and Marlon Hill – www.wtps1080am.com
Delevo Park
African American Research Library
2650 Sistrunk Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
Featuring local celebrities and media competing in nostalgic sports games like three-legged
race, egg & spoon race, backward sprints, relays
Also featuring health awareness information from the North Broward Hospital District
For more information, call 786-349-2584 or email [email protected]

Caribbean-American Heritage Month 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007, 2pm
Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill
Grand Opening and the unveiling of our new prototype store
Inverrary Falls, 5967 W Oakland Boulevard, Lauderhill, FL 33314
Saturday, June 16, 2007, 8pm
Jamaica Ex-Police Association of South Florida
Annual Ball
Fort Lauderdale Airport Hilton Hotel
1870 Griffin Road, Dania Beach
Contribution: $65
Guest speaker: Mr. Lucius Thomas, Jamaica’s commissioner of police
Entertainment by: Winston “Merrytone” Blake, O.D.,
Sky Force Disco
For more information call: John T (954) 347-3237 OR Malachi Smith (305) 302-5365

Saturday, June 16, 2007, 8pm
Horace Forbes presents
A Pre-Father’s day Gala
Coral Springs Center for the Arts
2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs
Featuring: Jerry “The Ice Man” Butler with his Band, Boris Gardiner, Byron Lee and the
Dragonnaires, and Mike Aitcheson (MC)
For more information, 305-439-3589
Or for tickets go to www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com

Saturday, June 16, 2007, 9pm
2nd Annual JüneFest
Chakra Lounge 15 Street & Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Featuring: Code Red Band, Erol Josue, Lost Herederos, DJ spinning Calypso, Zouk, R&B, Hip
Hop, Special appearance by Inner Circle, Chef Creole, and others
Attire: Miami Chic / Hamptons Chic
Cost (Advanced Tickets): General Admission – $30.00; VIP – $50.00
For additional information please visit www.carubbeanlife.com or you may contact Creativas
Group (305) 968-2384 (305) 444-3039 and via email at: [email protected] for
media coverage, interviews, and sponsorship information.

Saturday, June 16, 8pm
Amigos For Kids
Miami Celebrity Domino Night ‘07
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
Admission: $150.00
For more information and tickets – call 305-279-1155 or
Visit www.amigosforkids.org

Saturday, June 16, 2007, 12 noon – NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Caribbean Cultural Festival ‘07
Bethel World Outreach Center
Celebrate songs, dances and food from the nations of the Caribbean!
Free Admission
For more information, contact Jonathan Camcam (615) 668-0708 or Janeth Brown (615) 438-
074 or visit www.festivalofthenations.org
This festival will celebrate the songs, dances and foods from the nations of the Caribbean. We
expect over 600 people to join us to represent over 15 Caribbean countries. This is presented
in partnership with the Jamaican Diaspora of Nashville “J-DON” and Festival of the

Sunday, June 17, 2007, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Cascade Jamaica Medical Mission
Father’s Day Brunch
Briarwood Clubhouse
3465 Broken Woods Drive, Coral Springs
Featuring the best of Jamaican brunch cuisine
Donation: $20.00 – all proceeds towards the Medical Mission
For more information, call Dr. Beverley Nelson Curtis, 954-551-9962 or [email protected]

Sunday, June 17, 2007, 7pm
Singers in Action
Fathers Day Tribute with Sanchez
200 E Broward Boulevard, Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Doors open 7pm
Admission: $35 after June 1: $45
Performing Live: Sanchez, Lukie D, Thriller U, Singing Melody, Tony Curtis, Nanko, and the
Chronic Band
Part proceeds to benefit basic schools in Clarendon, Air Jamaica Kids Club and Jamaica United
Relief Association children charities
For more information call: 954-437-6987 or 954-432-1312

Sunday June 17, 2007, 9 pm
Under the distinguished patronage of Kara-Ann Boyne, Miss Florida Caribbean 2006
Broward Main Library Auditorium
100 S. Andrews Ave. Ft. Lauderdale

High level representatives, including Heads of State/Government from all CARICOM countries,
will be in attendance. The Conference represents a joint effort by the Governments of the
region and the United States to engage in a dialogue aimed at enhancing their relationship.
A fundamental component of the Conference is the Diaspora Forum scheduled for 19th to 20th
June at the headquarters of the Organization of the American States located at 17th St and
Constitution Avenue, in Washington D.C. which will enable members of the Caribbean Diaspora
and senior government representatives from CARICOM to examine and develop mechanisms
for harnessing the skills of the Diaspora in accelerating the development of the region, as well
as enhancing the well-being of people of Caribbean descent in the United States. To that end,
the Diaspora Forum will focus on the Challenges and Opportunities for the Caribbean – US
Diaspora; Economic and Financial Empowerment of the Caribbean – US Diaspora; Mobilizing
the Caribbean –US Diaspora skills, knowledge and professional networks and Banking on the
Future: Engaging the Youth. Opportunities are also being planned for the Caribbean Diaspora to
dialogue with CARICOM Heads of Government in attendance.
Caribbean Diaspora Fora – PUBLIC IS INVITED
For more registration and hotel info, visit www.conferenceonthecaribbean.org
Should you encounter any difficulties accessing the website, please email
[email protected] or contact the Conference on the Caribbean Secretariat at 202-

Saturday, June 20, 2007, 8pm
Book Signing/Reading
“In Search of the Buccaneers” by Anthony Gambrill
Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, 305-442-4408
Anthony Gambrill has been the publisher of Air Jamaica’s “SkyWritings” for the last 30 years.
The book takes is a historical journey following the Buccaneers that roamed the Caribbean
Seas in the late 1600s.
Saturday, June 23, 2007, 7pm
Experience Aviation World Flight Adventure Gala
Celebrating the Return of Barrington Irving
Florida Memorial University
15800 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami Gardens
Contribution: $125
For tickets and more information, call 305-537-9291 or visit www.experienceaviation.org

Saturday, June 23, 2007, 7pm
Caribbean Cultural Coalition presents
A Lil Bit of Jazz
Coral Springs Center for the Arts
2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs
Featuring: Ginou Oriol, Moody D. Jean Coxe
For more information, 954-254-3749 or email [email protected]
Tickets at www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com

Sunday, June 24, 2007, 5pm
Miss Jamaica Florida Pageant
Coral Springs Center for the Arts
2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs
For more information – go to www.missjamaicaflorida.com

Tuesday, June 26, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
HOT 105FM Celebrates Caribbean American Heritage Month
Saluting South Floridian Caribbean Americans in Business, community, and Volunteer
Leadership Roles.
Sheraton Cypress Creek in Broward County
For more information, go to www.hot105fm.com

Saturday, June 29, 10 am-5 pm.
South Regional/BCC Library
7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, Fl
The Student Leadership Conference is a critical component of the Institute for Caribbean
Studies (ICS). The conference will explore issues relating to the development of leaders for
tomorrow and the complex sets of behavior requirements. The intersection of leadership and
knowledge at the practical level will be explored through cross-generation interactions of
students, leaders, educators and other members of our communities.

Sunday, June 30, 11am – 8pm
¡Fiesta Puerto Rico
Free Outdoor Festival
Coral Springs Center for the Arts
2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs
Featuring: 5th Avenue Latin Band with Juan Rivera, Los Pleneros De Borinquen, El Kynto
Elemento, Tamboricua, Justin Phillips, The Zumba Show, Salsabor Dancers, Angel Santiago,
food & drinks of Puerto Rico, and much more.
For more information and tickets, call 9540344-5990 or go to www.wedevents.net

Sunday, June 30, 2pm-5 pm
South Regional/BCC Library
7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, Fl.
While strongly conscious of history and roots, Caribbean writers are also versed in new writing
techniques. Through this closing program for Caribbean Heritage Month, A panel explores
Caribbean Literature through the works of Edwidge Danticat. The program also includes excerpt
reading by Danticat, Spoken word artists’ presentation, and Caribbean music.

Sunday, June 30, 2007, 11am-6:30pm – ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Picnic in the Park
Bill Fredrick Park at Turkey Lake
$2.00 per vehicle to enter the park
For more information: Ryvan Campbell 407-595-4747

Sunday, June 20, 7pm
Georgia Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations (GCAHC) Awards Banquet &
Silent Auction
Guest Speaker: Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y
Airport Marriott, 4711 Best Road, College Park
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.
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

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.

Caribbean-American Heritage Month 2007
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

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

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
For more information, visit www.gacaribbeanamericanheritage.org or call Trevor Pearson at

If your organization is hosting a public event, please forward confirmed details
to CONNECT with the community at large.
Marlon A. Hill, Esq.
Advisory Board Member
Jamaican Diaspora Southern United States
786-349-2584; 876-621-0102 (Jamaica) ● Facsimile: 786-551-0785
[email protected]
Andy Adams (TX, NM, AZ) * Janeth Simpson-Brown (TN, OK, AK)
Alan Alberga/Jason Walker (GA) * Wayne Golding (North/Central FL)
Junior Farquharson (Palm Beaches/Treasure Coast, FL)
Dale Holness (Broward County)
Jennifer Hue/Salomie Chung (Miami-Dade County)