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Celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month

Celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month

Since 2006, June has been designated as Caribbean American Heritage Month by Presidential Proclamation. The month-long observance promotes the rich culture and heritage of the Caribbean-American people and their contribution to the United States of America.

We have many people on staff and people served who are Caribbean Americans. Caribbean Americans represent over thirty nations, with a unique blend of heritage and culture.

As of 2016, 13 million people living in the United States—or 4% of the U.S.’s total population—have Caribbean ancestry, with New York City boasting the highest Caribbean population in the country among all U.S. cities. These communities trace their roots back to Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, and include a mix of cultures, religions, and languages. In fact, several languages spoken in Caribbean nations—such as Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole are among the top spoken languages in New York City.

America was founded on the idea that all people are created equal and deserve to be treated equally throughout their lives. That promise beats in the hearts of all Caribbean Americans, who have added new meaning to our Nation’s founding values. That idea is what connects us to all the Caribbean nations and territories working toward a future rooted in freedom and democracy. 
– 2024 White House Proclamation on National Caribbean American Heritage Month

We stand with our staff, friends, neighbors, the people we serve, our community, and all Caribbean Americans. We will continue to work towards racial equity and social justice.

Resources for Caribbean American Heritage Month:


NY Public Library

National Archives

NYC Public Schools

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