Maurice Lindsay speaking at the flag raising ceremony at City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts kicking off June festivities celebrating June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month, with members of the Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration Committee, members of the Springfield City Council, the City Fire Department and the Mayor's Office Staff.
Caribbean Americans are part of a great national tradition, descendants of hopeful, striving people who journeyed to our lands in search of a better life. They were drawn by a belief in the power of opportunity, a belief that through hard work and sacrifice, they could provide their children with chances they had never known.
Thanks to these opportunities and their talent and perseverance, Caribbean Americans have contributed to every aspect of our society from science and medicine to business and the arts. During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we honor their history, culture, and essential role in the American narrative. Each year as America celebrates our Caribbean heritage, let us hold fast to the spirit that makes our country a beacon to the world. This month, let us remember that we are always at our best when we focus not on what we can tear down, but on what we can build up. And together, let us strengthen the bonds that hold together the most diverse Nation on earth.
It is with great pride and honor that the Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration Committee, Inc. of Springfield, Massachusetts encourage all of our fellow Western Massachusetts residents and all Americans to celebrate the history and culture of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
For more details visit our national site at www.caribbeanamericanmonth.org
Also see the attached Flyers and Newsletters for more details about our local events and about our local "CAHMCC" Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration Committee, Inc of Springfield, Massachusetts.
The Mighty Sparrow headlined the star studded performances as Springfield Massachusetts join the growing national commemoration of June as Caribbean American Heritage Month, organizers kicked of the local celebration with a Taste of the Caribbean and Music Festival.
The festivities include a free concert held the grounds of Springfield Technical Community College, directly across from the Springfield Armory, and featured several Reggae, Calypso, Steel Pan, Gospel and Salsa bands.
The concert was part of a full day of festivities that included a taste of the Caribbean, featuring great food from many local Caribbean restaurants.
Below are some highlights from the Taste of the Caribbean and Music Festival, where attendees enjoy a day of great food and music
Below more scenes from the Taste of the Caribbean and Music Festival, as attendees enjoy a day of great food, drinks and music. This is a family oriented event.
Above members of the Springfield Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration Committee, Inc. and Dr. Claire Nelson seated on the (left) in the front row
Above CAHMCC Members and the Mayor's office staff gathered to raise the Caribbean Community Flag
Above Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno (front row forth to the right) join the attendees for a group picture
Above CAHMCC members, Mayor Sarno's staff (in back row) Denise R. Jordan, Chief of staff and Darryl E. Moss Mayoral Aide