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National Caribbean-American Heritage Month: June 2023

Press Release Number CB23-SFS.81

According to the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), “Caribbean immigrants have been contributing to the well-being of American society since its founding. Alexander Hamilton, the First Secretary of the Treasury was from the Caribbean island of Nevis. We count among our famous sons and daughters, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Cicely Tyson, W.E.B. Dubois, James Weldon Johnson, Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier to name a few. ICS' effort began in 1999 with a petition to President Bill Clinton for the recognition of a Caribbean American Heritage Month.

“In 2000, ICS began leading activities in celebration of June as Caribbean American Heritage Month in Washington DC, building on efforts started by a now defunct ad-hoc group of Washington DC residents to have a Caribbean Heritage Month designated in Washington DC in 1999.

“The official campaign for a National Caribbean American Heritage Month began in 2004 when a legislative bill was tabled in Congress by Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Language was provided by ICS Founder and President Dr. Claire Nelson. The Bill was reintroduced and passed the House in June 2005 and the Senate in February 2006. A Proclamation making the resolution official was signed by President George W. Bush on June 5, 2006.”

Key Stats

Source: 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates.

Note: The table above is scrolled to the bottom and cropped to list West Indians in the United States. Click the image for the full table.

Note: Click the image for the full table.

More Stats

Source: 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates.

  • Barbadian (301)
  • British West Indian (321-331)
  • Cuban (270-274)
  • Dominican (275-279)
  • Haitian (336-359)
  • Jamaican (308-309)
  • Puerto Rican (260-269)
  • Trinidadian and Tobagonian (314-316)\
  • West Indian (335)
  • West Indian (All groups [300-359], excluding Hispanic origin groups) 

From Business and Economy  >  International Trade Data

Note: To access U.S. trade figures with a Caribbean country not listed above, enter the four-digit code from the list of country codes into this URL — <www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c0000.html> — replacing 0000 with the country code.

Note: The “trends” table above lists 23 Caribbean countries. Click on the image for the full table in alphabetical order. Click on any country to view Quick Facts (2023), Patterns and Trends and Sources.

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More Stats for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI)

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Page Last Revised - May 23, 2023
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