The month of June is Caribbean Heritage month. West Indian Americans or Caribbean Americans are Americans who are from, or have at least one ancestor from the lands of the Caribbean. The Caribbean is a region that consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands and the surrounding coasts. The region is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America, (see map). Caribbean immigrants have been contributing to the well-being of American society since its founding. Alexander Hamilton, the First Secretary of the Treasury was from the Caribbean island of Nevis.
Among our famous sons and daughters: James Weldon Johnson, Harlem Renaissance poet and author of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing, Bahamas heritage; Marcus Garvey, black nationalist leader, born in Jamaica; Shirley Chisholm, first African-American congresswoman & the first black woman to run for president, Barbados & British Guyana heritage; Marion Jones, track and field Olympic gold medalist, Belize heritage; Juan Carlos Finlay, discovered Yellow Fever was transmitted by a specific mosquito, born in Cuba; Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, founder of Chicago, born in Haiti; Oscar de la Renta, fashion designer, born in the Dominican Republic; Malcolm X, late Nation of Islam spokesman, Grenada Heritage; Colin Powell, first black U.S Secretary of State, parents born in Jamaica; Antonia Novello, first female U.S. Surgeon General, born in Puerto Rico; Stokely Carmichael, black power activist, born in Trinidad; Constance Baker Motley, first black woman appointed to the federal bench, parents from Nevis; Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader, mother from St. Kitts; Dr. William Thornton, physician and architect who designed the U.S. Capitol, born on Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.
In entertainment & sports we have plenty. . Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, Harry Belafonte, Geoffrey Holder, Naomi Campbell, Kerry Washington, Rick Fox, Patrick Ewing, Mike Tyson, Sheryl lee Ralph, Nicki Minaj, Grace Jones,