June 6, 2012

Congresswoman Wilson’s Statement on National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) issued the following statement on National Caribbean-American Heritage Month:

“As the granddaughter of Bahamian immigrants, I am proud to commemorate June 2012 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Like many Americans of Caribbean descent, my parents and grandparents came here with nothing, but through hard work and education, they achieved the American Dream. Caribbean-Americans have made numerous invaluable contributions to our nation through areas such as the arts, politics, armed forces and science. It is because of this shared heritage that I join my fellow Caribbean-Americans in honoring our ancestors’ homelands and sacrifices, and for future generations to have a chance at the American Dream. Happy National Caribbean-American Heritage Month!”

Rep. Frederica S. Wilson is a first-term Congresswoman representing the 17th District of Florida, including Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward Counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school.

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