2007-07-05 / Top Stories

BP Markowitz Hosts Historic Caribbean Heritage Festivities

Djonobi Dancers do the Limbo.                                        Stephen Lipuma
Djonobi Dancers do the Limbo. Stephen Lipuma Borough President Marty Markowitz joined the Caribbean Heritage Event Planning Committee and members of Brooklyn's Caribbean community, including civic leaders, dignitaries, authors, artists, and others at Borough Hall last week for a full day of festivities, readings, exhibitions, and colloquia in honor of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Home to the renowned West Indian American Day Carnival and Parade and our nation's largest Caribbean population, Brooklyn is known as the "Caribbean Capital of the USA."

"Brooklyn's current renaissance would have been impossible without Caribbean Americans," Markowitz said.

Commenting on the theme of "celebrating our national identities - committed to our collective strength," Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham said, "As a proud Brooklynite with Jamaican roots, I am honored to join in this day of celebration and enlightenment, and look forward to a long future of working together for the collective good."

(From left): Reverend Daniel Ulysse; Michael G. Flannigan, Hon. Dr. Harold Robertson, Consul General to Trinidad & Tobago; Carl Kenel-Pierre, Dr. Claire Nelson, Eugene, Commissioner Guillermo Linares, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Dr. Roy Hastick, President/CEO of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Council Member Leticia James; Markowitz (at podium), Yolanda Lezama-Clarke and Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs.      Kathryn Kirk
(From left): Reverend Daniel Ulysse; Michael G. Flannigan, Hon. Dr. Harold Robertson, Consul General to Trinidad & Tobago; Carl Kenel-Pierre, Dr. Claire Nelson, Eugene, Commissioner Guillermo Linares, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Dr. Roy Hastick, President/CEO of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Council Member Leticia James; Markowitz (at podium), Yolanda Lezama-Clarke and Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs. Kathryn Kirk For this unprecedented gathering of islands and cultures at Borough Hall on June 27, a wide array of events embraced the sounds, sights, tastes, and richness of the diverse cultures of the Caribbean, as well as confronted issues facing both the Diaspora and those currently living in the Caribbean.

The day kicked off with a breakfast that honored Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, and Council Member Mathieu Eugene. An outdoor Caribbean market place, a food galleria featuring Caribbean delicacies, and performances by the popular Mighty Sparrow as well as steel band, calypso, reggae, and creole groups were among the activities open to the public.

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