BP Adams announces Caribbean-American Heritage Month
by Jess Berry
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Borough President Eric Adams announces that June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month.
Borough President Eric Adams announces that June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month.
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Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna presents a proclamation to CACCI President Dr. Roy Hastick.
Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna presents a proclamation to CACCI President Dr. Roy Hastick.
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Brooklyn is celebrating its large Caribbean community throughout June, as Borough President Eric Adams announced the start of “Caribbean-American Heritage Month” last week.

“We are going to make Brooklyn the mecca of the Caribbean experience,” Adams said.

The month will include various events celebrating the culture, history and contributions of the Caribbean-American community.

Borough Hall will host a film and literature screening on Monday, June 16, a symposium on the youth and justice system with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Friday, June 20, and a free concert with Caribbean musicians on Thursday, June 26.

In addition to events for the month, Adams spoke about his goal to build a museum acknowledging the history of the Caribbean community in Brooklyn.

“The story has not been told of the contributions of Caribbean-Americans in the borough of Brooklyn, and one of the things I want as my legacy is to have a permanent museum that will document the history of the Caribbean experience in the borough,” he said.

Councilman Mathieu Eugene, the first Haitian-born official elected to the City Council, agreed with the borough president’s sentiment.

“The Caribbean community is a vibrant community that contributes so much to the fabric of our city and the fabric of the United States,” Eugene said.

He called on members of the various countries represented in the Caribbean community to work together as one group, a desire that Dr. Roy Hastick, founder and president of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), also emphasized.

“One Brooklyn, one Caribbean,” he said. “Let’s continue working together.”

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