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June is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

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By Stacy Davis CT News

June is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

The purpose of having this month is to recognize the contributions of people of Caribbean descent to the United States.

“Caribbean Americans have shaped every aspect of our society — enhancing our arts and humanities as titans of music and literature, spurring our economy as intrepid entrepreneurs, making new discoveries as scientists and engineers, serving as staunch advocates for social and political change, and defending our ideals at home and abroad as leaders in our military,” President Barack Obama said in a press release on Friday.

”Their achievements exemplify the tenacity and perseverance embedded in our national character, and their stories embody the fundamental American idea that when access to opportunity is equal, anyone can make it if they try.”

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“Americans of Caribbean ancestry reside in every part of the country. Millions have emigrated from the Caribbean to the United States. Throughout our history, Caribbean-Americans have served our country and contributed to the heritage of the United States through the arts, science, education, business, sports, military and government.  The annual resolution allows Congress to continue recognizing the important contributions of Caribbean-Americans to our nation’s history.”

To read President Barack Obama’s Proclamation go to iNews Cayman story published June 4th 2013 “Presidential Proclamation: National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2013” at:

In June 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution recognizing the significance of Caribbean immigrants and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. In February 2006, the resolution passed the Senate. Since that time, the White House has issued an annual proclamation recognizing June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. This month’s commemoration marks the eighth Caribbean-American Heritage Month. In celebration of this observance, the Census Bureau presents a variety of data it publishes related to people of Caribbean heritage.

How Many of Caribbean Ancestry in the United States?

2.7 million

The estimated U.S. population of West Indian ancestry. Some of the largest West Indian ancestry groups in the United States include:

Jamaican (1.0 million)

Haitian (908,000)

Trinidadian and Tobagonian (196,000)

Barbadian (62,000)

Bahamian (53,000)

U.S. Virgin Islander (17,000)

Note: The estimates for Barbadian and Bahamian are not significantly different from each other.

In addition, there are Hispanic or Latino origin groups in the Untied States who can trace their heritage to this part of the world:

Puerto Rican (4.9 million)

Cuban (1.9 million)

Dominican (1.6 million)

Note that these populations are not mutually exclusive, as people may be of more than one ancestry or ethnic group.

Source: 1-year 2011 American Community Survey, Tables B04006 and B03001

A wide range of data on the social, economic and housing characteristics for a number of West Indian and Hispanic or Latino groups is available via the 2006-2010 American Community Survey Selected Population Tables.

Jamaican (social) (economic) (housing)

Haitian (social) (economic) (housing)

Trinidadian and Tobagonian (social) (economic) (housing)

Barbadian (social) (economic) (housing)

Bahamian (social) (economic) (housing)

Puerto Rican (social) (economic) (housing)

Cuban (social) (economic) (housing)

Dominican (social) (economic) (housing)

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Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features series:

African-American History Month (February)

Super Bowl

Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14)

Women’s History Month (March)

Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/

St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)

Earth Day (April 22)

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)

Older Americans Month (May)

Cinco de Mayo (May 5)

Mother’s Day

Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)

Father’s Day

The Fourth of July (July 4)

Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26)

Back to School (August)

Labor Day

Grandparents Day

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)

Unmarried and Single Americans Week

Halloween (Oct. 31)

American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)

Veterans Day (Nov. 11)

Thanksgiving Day

The Holiday Season (December)

Note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: <[email protected]>.




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