by Derrick Scott
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Contributions to the Caribbean diaspora in the United States take center stage when the curtains fall in February as Black History Month, with Dr. Julius Garvey. Garvey is the son of Jamaica’s first national hero, Marcus Garvey. On February 28, it will be ready to present a virtual forum for Black History Month.
Influence of Caribbean nationals
Caribbean citizens have influenced every facet of American society for generations. His contributions include the performing and visual arts. This includes music (rap has its roots in Jamaica) and popular culture. Not to mention science, medicine, business, politics and the culinary arts. Similarly, without the success of the Haitian revolution, the Louisiana purchase of 1803, by which the United States doubled its land mass, might not have been consummated.
The authors, Elliott and Sandra Bastien, have also published a book, Caribbean American Heritage: A History of High Achievers. The book highlights many of the Caribbean-American achievers who shaped the history of the United States.
Contributions to the Caribbean Diaspora at the United States Forum
The National Association of Jamaicans (JNA) of the Washington, DC metropolitan area, through the leadership of JNA President Dr. Elaine Knight and Vice President Rev. Dr. Noel Godfrey, will host this forum. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting will be held virtually, via Zoom, from 16:00 EST.
Her Excellency Audrey Marks, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, will also deliver her statements. Meanwhile, Dr. Karren Dunkley, representative of Jamaica Diaspora Northeast USA, will moderate this important forum.
Most importantly, this event will recognize and raise awareness about the role that Caribbean citizens have played in the history and development of the United States. According to the Survey of U.S. Communities by the 2017 U.S. Census Bureau, the Caribbean diaspora is well formed and has a demographic wealth close to 8 million people.
Commenting on the essential contributions made by the Caribbean diaspora, Dr. Garvey, himself a surgeon, professor of medicine and activist, points out that his father “is considered one of the main pillars of the pan-African movement. It laid the foundations of African philosophy and organized the world’s largest organization of African peoples. “
Bust of Marcus Garvey to order
Dr. Garvey, recipient of the 5 from Jamaicath highest national honor: the Order of Jamaica (DO). He also announced that he has commissioned a bust of his world-famous father. The bust will be installed at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Best of all, on Garvey’s 134th birthday, August 17, 2021. The Marcus Garvey Institute, the Whirlwind Group of the Pan-African Technical Association, and the National Association of Organizations of Kawaida are the committee overseeing this project.
The Caribbean-American Political Action Committee (C-PAC), the Maryland Jamaican Association (JAM), and the Montgomery County Executive of the American Caribbean Advisory Group will also collaborate with JNA on this critical forum.
The Jamaica Diaspora Council in the Northeastern United States, Global Jamaica Diaspora Council, approves the “Contributions from the Caribbean Diaspora to America” event.