June 26, 2020

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement Celebrating Caribbean Heritage Month

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month:

“It is an honor to once again mark June as Caribbean American Heritage Month. Caribbean Americans have added to our history, culture and communities in countless ways. The unique relationship between the United States and the Caribbean has enriched both regions and this month is a wonderful time to celebrate our shared past and future.

“I led the effort to establish June as Caribbean American Heritage Month over a decade ago. In June 2005, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted H. Con. Res. 71, recognizing the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States.  On February 14, 2006, the resolution passed the Senate, culminating a two-year, bipartisan and bicameral effort. President Bush then issued a proclamation declaring June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month.

“This month provides the opportunity for us to pursue new partnerships on a number of issues with our Caribbean neighbors. From trade, immigration and disaster preparedness to poverty eradication and ending HIV/AIDS, the United States and the Caribbean share a number of mutual policy interests.  This year, the COVID-19 pandemic adds a new challenge to both the United States and our Caribbean neighbors.  I will keep fighting to ensure that the United States works to be an active and constructive partner in safeguarding the health and welfare of all our nations.

During this unique time in our country’s history, I encourage everyone to learn more about the many contributions the Caribbean American community has made to our nation. Caribbean Americans have enhanced our social, economic, and cultural landscape and enrich our society every day through entrepreneurship, artistic endeavors, sports, civic engagement and many other vocations.”