June 11, 2012

A Few Caribbean Gifts to America

Graphic by Don Rico Ricketts

Here are just a few Caribbean-Americans who have made considerable contributions in politics, economics, film, literature, science, medicine, art, sports, and music:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Clifford L Alexander
Monty Alexander
Alice of Dunk's Ferry
Josmer Volmy "Jozy" Altidore
John James Audubon
Maria L Baldwin
Edward Bannister
Ray Barretto
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Mario Bauzá
Harry Belafonte
Ruben Blades
Edward Wilmot Blyden
Roger Bobb
William Stanley Beaumont Braithwaite
Cyril Valentine Briggs
Sir John Gordon Thomas Carter
Aimé Fernand David Césaire
Sir Edward Cheung
J.R. Ralph Casimir
Shirley Chisholm
Henri Christophe
Kenneth Bancroft Clark and Mamie Phipps Clark
Una St. Clarke
Maryse Condé
William H Crogman,
Frank R Crosswaith
Edwidge Danticat
DJ Hollywood
Frank L Douglas
W.E. B. Du Bois
Alexandre Dumas pere
Timothy Theodore "Tim" Duncan
Frantz Fanon
Jonathan David Farley
Louis Farrakhan
Ulrich Alexander "Rick" Fox
Amy Ashwood Garvey
Amy Euphemia Jacques Garvey
Marcus Mosiah Garvey
Joseph Saddler aka King Grandmaster Flash
Prince Hall
Hubert Henry Harrison
Eric Holder
Leonard Percival Howell
Otto Eduard Geradus Majelia Huiswoud
Roy Innis
Hulan Edwin Jack
Jimmy Jean-Louis
Claudia Jones
Jamaica Kincaid
Clive Campbell aka Kool Herc
Mary Elizabeth Lange
Cato T Laurencin
Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George,
Rosetta Stone LeNoire
Sir Arthur Lewis
Delroy Lindo
Louise Norton Little
Nia Talita Long
Audre Lourde
General Antonio Maceo
Claude Mckay
George Alexander McGuire
Malcolm X
Albert E Manley
Bob Marley
Jan Ernst Matzeliger
Carlos Moore
Jelly Roll Morton
Constance Baker Motley
Hugh Nathaniel Mulzac
Claire Nelson
Notorious B.I.G.
Johnny Pacheco
George Padmore
Orlando Patterson
Jean Baptiste Point du Sable
Sydney Poitier
Adam Clayton Powell III
Colin Powell
Chano Pozo
Dámaso Pérez Prado
Tito Puente
Sanya Richards-Ross
Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez
Hazelle P. Rogers
Esther Rolle
Sonny Rollins
Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, aka Arthur Schomburg
Gil Scott-Heron
Madge Sinclair
John Alexander Somerville,
Maida Springer Kemp
Mabel Keaton Staupers
Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry aka Stepin Fetchit
David Augustus Straker
Marie-Joseph Benoît Dartagnan Sylvain ou Bénito Sylvain
Susan L Taylor
William Thornton
François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture
The Venerable Pierre Toussaint
Stokely Carmichael aka Kwame Ture
Cicely Tyson
Derek Walcott
Eric Derwent Walrond
Billy Dee Williams
Frederica Wilson
Abdul-Malik Kashie Yoba

Just think how different our lives would have been without these great men and women.


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