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Caribbean-Americans in U.S. History - Sun Sentinel
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Posted by:Jun 14th 2004, 12:19:16 am
JudyThank you for your article from the Sun Sentinel listing the many contributions of Caribbean people to America and American history. Many of the accomplishments are widely known, but I have not seen them in such a comprehensive listing. It is nice to see. I have copied the list and am placing it in the Verical File in the Sir George Roberts Library here on Harbour Island. Great to have!
Along this same line of interest, we have a wonderful book in the Reference Room that presents the many contributions of Bahamians. It is entitled, 100 Most Outstanding Bahamians of the 20th Century. A treasure of a book! Lovely photos and descriptions of each of their accomplishments. And speaking of raising pride and self esteem, this will make every Bahamian proud. Visit the library - it is worth taking the time to read through this book. While there, you must see the Bahamian/Caribbean Collection both in the Reference Wing and in the Main Reading Room. We have the authogiography of Sidney Poitier, Measure of a Man; Pindling's biography, and selections of fiction by George Lamming, Edwidge Dandicat, and V.S. Naipaul. These writers represent their native countries of Jamaica, Trinidad, Haiti, Barbados-all making contributions to the world of literature. The library wants to highlight their talents and we have others on our wish list to add. You are absolutely right, the Caribbean countries have contributed a great deal for us all. It is good to talk about and make it known.
Posted by:Jun 11th 2004, 11:31:14 am
BrilandkidThank you Chapel, for that bit of info. To enlighten the masses of their self worth. I am aware of the contributions that the carribbean made here in the USA, Even though they are look upon as small, But never the less it is history and it made a difference in a world that the color of skin not content of character was all that mattered, some evil remnants still remain in 2004. Thanks again for the brief overview of Carribbean/American History.
Posted by:Jun 9th 2004, 04:07:58 pm
Caribbean Americans in U.S. history


June 2, 2004, 1:50 PM EDT


Sidney Poitier, first African-American actor to receive the Academy Award for best actor, born in Miami while parents visited from Bahamas.

James Weldon Johnson, Harlem Renaissance poet and author of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing, father born in the Bahamas.


Shirley Chisholm, first African-American congresswoman and the first black woman to run for president, parents from Barbados and British Guiana.


Marion Jones, track and field Olympic gold medallist, parents from Belize.


Juan Carlos Finlay, discovered Yellow Fever was transmitted by the Stegomyia aegypti mosquito, born in Cuba.


Oscar de la Renta, fashion designer, born in the Dominican Republic.


Malcolm X, late Nation of Islam spokesman, mother from Grenada.


Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, founder of Chicago, born in Haiti.


Harry Belafonte, Calypso artist and civil rights activist, parents from Jamaica and Martinique.

Marcus Garvey, black nationalist leader, born in Jamaica.

Colin Powell, first black U.S Secretary of State, parents born in Jamaica.

John Russwurm, first black editor of a U.S. newspaper and one of the first three blacks to graduate from a U.S. college, born in Jamaica.


Antonia Novello, first female U.S. Surgeon General, born in Puerto Rico.


Constance Baker Motley, first black woman appointed to the federal bench, parents from Nevis.

Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, born in Nevis.

Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader, mother from St. Kitts.


Stokley Carmichael, black power activist, born in Trinidad.


Kelsey Grammer, Emmy-winning actor on the sitcom Frasier, born on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Dr. William Thornton, physician and architect who designed the U.S. Capitol, born on Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.
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