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Recognizing the Significance of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

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RECOGNIZING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF NATIONAL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH -- (House of Representatives - July 22, 2008)

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Mr. DAVIS of Virginia. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I rise today in support of this resolution recognizing the significance of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

Since 2006 each June our Nation has celebrated the influence and contributions of Caribbean-Americans, and we pay tribute to the bonds of friendship that unite us to our third border to the east: the Caribbean nations. A captivating mosaic of racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds, Caribbean-Americans come from a heritage sharing many historical and economic ties to our great Nation. Enduring the yoke of colonialism, the trials of slavery, and ultimate freedom of independence, Caribbean nations mirror our vision of regional and global peace and prosperity.

Since first arriving in America in 1619, generations of Caribbean immigrants have enriched our Nation, weaving their vibrant culture, music, and rich traditions into our national fabric. Their talent, faith, and values helped shape the history of our country.

From Founding Father Alexander Hamilton to baseball legends such as Roberto Clemente and musical talents such as Bob Marley and Toots and the Maytals, they have strengthened the United States heritage. Their music enriches our ears and unique flavors warm our pallets. Their art and traditions enrich our souls.

I urge my colleagues to support this resolution in honor of the contributions of the past, the enduring vibrance of the more than 5 million Americans that share a Caribbean heritage and the historical bonds that unite our nations.

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