Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Supports Caribbean-American Heritage Month
(Washington, DC) – This week, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) enthusiastically supported a resolution acknowledging Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Caribbean-American Heritage Month is held in June across the United States to celebrate the contributions made to this country by people of Caribbean descent.
“Throughout U.S. history, Caribbean Americans have served our country and contributed to the United States through government, politics, business, arts, education, and culture,” said Rep. Wasserman Schultz. “As the member of Congress who represents parts of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, which have the 2nd and 3rd largest Caribbean population in the United States, I commend these hard-working individuals for the many contributions they have brought to our community and I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of this resolution.”
There are over 465,000 Caribbean-Americans in the South Florida community, primarily from the Caribbean Islands of Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Bahamas and Haiti.
In June 2005, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced H. Con. Res. 71. This bipartisan resolution was unanimously adopted by the House in 2005 and passed in the Senate in 2006. Since its passage, the President has issued a proclamation recognizing Caribbean Heritage Month in June 2006, 2007 and 2008.