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CAHM 2021

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, DC, May 31, 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: icsdcorg@gmail.com

U.S. Department of State to Open National Caribbean American Heritage Month
June 1, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC, May 31, 2021

National Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations will open with an Official Ceremony on June 1st at 9:00 am EDT. The event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform and will feature keynote speaker, Laura Lochman, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Ambassador Her Excellency Jocelyne Fletcher, Minister of Diaspora Affairs of St. Lucia.

Other featured guest speakers include Ambassador Nestor Mendez, and Assistant Secretary-General of the Organization of American States. aDr. Claire Nelson, Founding President of the Institute of Caribbean Studies and Chair of the National Committee will bring Opening Remarks and Barbadian vocalist Lynette Lynch will perform the US National Anthem, as well as the Black National Anthem written by James Weldon Johnson who was also of Caribbean heritage.

Since 2006, June has been designated as National Caribbean American Heritage Month by Presidential Proclamation. Caribbean Americans have contributed to the development of the United States in extraordinary ways. Millions of people in the United States are connected to our Caribbean Neighbors.

“Our Shared History, Our Shared Future” is the theme for the June 2021 Caribbean Heritage Month, being celebrated across the United States in recognition of the contribution of the Caribbean Peoples to the culture and economy of the nation. The month of activities is being organized by the Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS), a non-profit based in Washington DC. Other regional associations are coordinating activities in local boroughs and communities with high levels of Caribbean American Nationals. This year’s activities will be held almost entirely virtually due to the Coronavirus pandemic. While the COVID-19 has presented some major challenges for the ICS, it has also created a corresponding number of opportunities. “SMART Caribbean Gathering: A Futures BrainFest” is the intellectual component of the celebrations in which Caribbean-American people and knowledge area experts will come together on virtual platforms to discuss issues affecting the Caribbean Region and Caribbean Americans residing in the United States.

“This year’s events reflect the growing consciousness of our community on the need to show up and be counted,” said Dr. Claire Nelson, who received a White House Champion of Change, in part for her leadership of this movement. “Since the beginning, ICS has worked together with our partners and stakeholders to successfully grow awareness of the commemoration; and more importantly signal a sea change in Caribbean immigrant relationships with the political and policy elite here in the US. The onus is on us as Caribbean community leaders to be present in the room, and if needed bring our folding chair, as the powers-that-be attempts to construct a path forward in the post COVID world. Our SMART Caribbean Forums on the Blue Green Economy, the Creative Economy and the MSME Economy will play like an innovation mas camp for Caribbean joy makers and change artistes”, Dr. Nelson added.

ICS, the architect of the Campaign to Celebrate June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month (NCAHM), and its partners will convene the second all virtual series of events beginning on JUNE 1st with the Opening Celebrations with the U.S. Department of State and continuing with Opening Celebrations in South Florida, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, and Wilmington.

It is expected that members of the Congressional Caribbean Caucus administration officials and national experts and scholars will participate in timely discussions of major policy issues affecting the Caribbean American community in Legislative Week, June 21-26th.  The month-long celebrations will bring together Caribbean peoples across the world to address common concerns; to allow Caribbean peoples everywhere to feel a sense of place in the public discourse on the post-COVID global future, and to strengthen the Caribbean Voice in the World.

Dr. Amala Luncheon,
Communications Director,
ICS, Amala.Luncheon@icsdc.org

 

 

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The Slave Dwelling Project

Dear Friends of the Slave Dwelling Project:
 
As the events and challenges of this past year have demonstrated, we are living in a divided nation –one that desperately needs to confront the lasting social, economic, and health disparities borne from our slaveholding past. 
 
I believe we can confront this past with the kind of narrative that builds bridges, not walls.As the founder and director, I know the Slave Dwelling Project can forge a more truthful and inclusive narrative of American history. My colleagues and I have been tackling these difficult issues for 10 years, and we are ready to continue and expand our work, close divides and address inequities. 
 
We need your help.When the pandemic forced us to cancel much of our in-person programming for 2020, we kept going.  Online conversations and virtual tours expanded our reach and impact. At the same time, we miss the transformation which occurs when we are physically together around our fireside conversations or sleeping in historic structures.We head into 2021 ready to build upon our virtual reach no matter what and to expand our in-person impact when the health crisis subsides. We see opportunities to strengthen our outreach efforts — especially to schools and community groups – through a focus on strategic planning and capacity building. Your contributions are vital to this effort.
 
Seeing the value of our work to change the narrative and confront the past, anonymous donors have offered $15,000 as a dollar-for-dollar match for any contributions received from our supporters by December 31, 2020.Your contribution will help ensure that we can continue our work in a time that has been very difficult for so many of us.  Please join us in meeting this match—and encourage your friends and family to do the same—knowing that every dollar you give will double in value.
 
Your ongoing commitments of time, experiences, best wishes, and financial support keep us going and are greatly appreciated. Thank you!Look for the coming release of our 2021 schedule, and plan to gather with us at some of those events. In the meantime have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!    
 

Joe McGill
Founder and Director
The Slave Dwelling Project

 

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