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May 28, 2010

Presidential Proclamation–Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Our Nation is linked to the Caribbean by our geography as well as our shared past and common
aspirations. During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we pay tribute to the diverse
cultures and immeasurable contributions of all Americans who trace their heritage to the Caribbean.

Throughout our history, immigrants from Caribbean countries have come to our shores seeking better
lives and opportunities. Others were brought against their will in the bonds of slavery. All have strived
to ensure their children could achieve something greater and have preserved the promise of America
for future generations.

During the month of June, we also honor the bonds of friendship between the United States and
Caribbean countries. This year’s devastating earthquake in Haiti has brought untold grief to the
Haitian-American community, many who continue to mourn the loss of loved ones as they help rebuild
their homeland. These families and individuals remain in our thoughts and prayers. The United States
has proudly played a leading role in the international response to this crisis, which included vital
contributions from countries throughout the Caribbean. As Haiti recovers, we will remain a steady and
reliable partner.

This month, we celebrate the triumph of Caribbean Americans, a diverse community that
encompasses many nationalities and languages. They have become leaders in every sector of
American life while maintaining the varied traditions of their countries of origin. Caribbean Americans
enrich our national character and strengthen the fabric of our culture, and we are proud they are part
of the American family.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the
authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June
2010 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to celebrate the
history and culture of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of May, in the year of our
Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and

Statement From RNC Chairman Michael Steele On The
Observance Of Caribbean-American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON:  “Each year during June, we honor Caribbean-
American Heritage Month as we recognize the countless
contributions Caribbean Americans have provided our Nation.
For generations Caribbean Americans have immigrated to
America pursuing a better life for both themselves and their family
and with doing so they have also enriched our country’s social
and cultural diversity. Caribbean Americans have found a home
here in the U.S. while upholding the same ideals and level of
respect that this country was founded on. As active members in
the Republican National Committee, the islands of Puerto Rico
and the U.S. Virgin Islands continue to help guide the Republican
Party through their leadership and commitment to lower taxes,
smaller government, and policies focused on creating jobs. On
behalf of the Republican Party, I hope you will join me in honoring
the millions of Caribbean Americans during this special time.”

Monument in Savannah, GA in honor
of the Haitian soldiers during the
American Revolutionary War, less
than 20 years before their own
successful revolution to evict the
French by 1804.

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jamaican
entrepreneur and social activist,
instrumental in the US government
capitalizing the word Negro and
leader of the largest global
PanAfrican movement to date.

Lauren Hill, Jamerican

Caribbean foods and spices

His Excellency Sir Sidney Poitier,
Actor & Bahamas Ambassador to

Nia Long, Actress with Trinidad &
Grenada roots