In June 2005, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted H. Con. Res. 71, sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, recognizes the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. On February 14, 2006, the resolution similarly passed the Senate, culminating a two-year, bipartisan and bicameral effort. The Proclamation was issued by President George W. Bush on June 6, 2006.

During Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the achievements and dreams of the millions of people of Caribbean origin now living in the United States while honoring the shared history of joy and perseverance that has united and enriched life across our region for centuries. There is no single Caribbean American identity. The mix of cultures, languages, and religions alive across the United States and the islands reflects the diversity of spirit that defines the American story. Meanwhile, our countries are bound by common values and a shared history.

For more information visit the Caribbean-American Heritage Month website.

Suggested Book Readings

Blue: A Novel by Emmelie Prophète

The Day I Fell Off My Island by Yvonne Bailey-Smith

Family Lore: A Novel by Elizabeth Acevedo

The God of Good Looks: A Novel by Breanne Mc Ivor

Goodbye Bay by Jennifer Rahim