Caribbean Glory at the African Heritage Museum in Baltimore
June 25, 2014
In June 2005, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted H. Con. Res. 71, sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, recognizing 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. Since the declaration, the White House has issued an annual proclamation recognizing June as Caribbean-American Heritage Month. This year marks the eighth anniversary of June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month (CAHM). The campaign to designate June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month, was spearheaded by the Institute of Caribbean Studies. CAHM seeks to highlight the many contributes in the arts, sciences and civic life of the United States of America by those of Caribbean heritage. From founding father of American independence Alexander Hamilton, inventor Jan Matzeliger, scholar and civil rights advocate Dr. WEB Dubois, entertainer and humanitarian Harry Belafonte, US Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, to General Colin Powell, persons of Caribbean descent have played leading roles in American history.
On June 25, 2014 the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), under the distinguished leadership of its President Juliette Bell partnered with the Maryland Governor’s Caribbean Commission to host “Caribbean Glory” at the Reginald Lewis Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. That event, a project of the Caribbean Commission’s Youth, Education & Workforce Development Committee, was designed as first in a series of joint projects between the UMES and the Caribbean community to develop academic programs, in particular those focused on subject areas in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) which will allow us to build sustainable development for our communities.