Council District 8 hosts inaugural Caribbean heritage day
“We embrace and encourage ‘One World, One People’ by promoting unity and diversity in our community’s true cultural awareness”
Hollywood Carnival performers in stunning costumes surprised the audience and danced to Caribbean music at Caribbean Heritage Recognition Day. Photo courtesy of Los Angeles City Council, 8th District
The L.A. City Council recognizes, celebrates culture of nearly 40,000 immigrants from the Caribbean who reside in and contribute to the City of Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES – The inaugural “Caribbean Heritage Recognition Day,” in the City of Los Angeles, was held in City Council chambers, June 21, hosted by 8th District Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson.
Dignitaries representing consulates from nine different countries and presidents of prominent Caribbean nonprofits were honored at the event.
“Los Angeles is home to nearly 40,000 immigrants from the Caribbean,” said Harris-Dawson. “This does not include people from the U.S. Virgin Islands, this does not include people from the island of Puerto Rico, both of which are U.S. territories.
“When you take that together, you have a very significant community here in Los Angeles. This impacts the restaurants we go to, the music we listen to, and the very operation of the city we call home,” Harris-Dawson added.
“As someone with in-laws and family in the Caribbean, I feel a strong connection to the region and was thrilled to help recognize Caribbean Heritage Month and bring the celebration to City Hall,” said Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, who joined Harris-Dawson in the presentation.
Harris-Dawson gave a special presentation recognizing the significance of Caribbean heritage. During his presentation, Hollywood Carnival performers surprised the audience in stunning costumes and danced to Caribbean music.
“We embrace and encourage ‘One World, One People’ by promoting unity and diversity in our community’s true cultural awareness,” said Dr. Harold Ganga, chairman of the Los Angeles Cultural Festival, which hosts the largest carnival parade in the city.
In June 2005, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, introduced a Resolution to recognize the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants. In 2006, the White House first recognized National Caribbean Heritage Month. This year, for the first time, the L.A. City Council recognized and celebrated those of Caribbean heritage who reside in and contribute to the City.
The contributions and achievements of Caribbean-Americans extend back more than one century. The more prominent individuals of Caribbean heritage include Marcus Garvey (Jamaica), Toussaint L‘Ouverture (Haiti), Thomas Alexander Dumas (Haiti), Frantz Fanon (Martinique) Alexander Hamilton (Nevis), Bob Marley (Jamaica), Celia Cruz (Cuba), Sonia Sotomayor (Puerto Rico), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Puerto Rico/Nevis), Malcolm X (Grenada), Usain Bolt (Jamaica), and Rihanna (Barbados).