2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
June 20, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Bowen and Haywood. Referred to
Committee on Rules.
AJR66,1,2 1Relating to: proclaiming June as Caribbean-American Heritage Month in
AJR66,1,53 Whereas, the mission of Caribbean-American Heritage Month is to promote
4the vibrant and rich culture of the Caribbean-American people and their unique
5contribution to the United States on a national level; and
AJR66,1,76 Whereas, this year marks the 13th anniversary of June as National
7Caribbean-American Heritage Month; and
AJR66,1,98 Whereas, the Institute of Caribbean Studies began petitioning for recognition
9of a Caribbean-American Heritage Month to President Bill Clinton in 1999; and
AJR66,1,1210 Whereas, Congresswoman Barbara Lee first introduced House Resolution 570
11in the United States House of Representatives on March 14, 2004, proposing that
12Caribbean-American Heritage Month be recognized at a federal level; and
AJR66,1,1513 Whereas, this resolution was reintroduced the following session and was
14passed by the House of Representatives in June 2005 and by the Senate in February
152006; and
1Whereas, a Proclamation recognizing the passage of the resolution was signed
2by President George H.W. Bush on June 5, 2006, making federal recognition of
3Caribbean-American Heritage Month official; and
AJR66,2,74 Whereas, the United States' Caribbean-American population is approximately
54.4 million people, with communities of Puerto Rican, Jamaican, Haitian, Cuban,
6and Dominican descent making up the largest part of the Caribbean-American
7population; and
AJR66,2,108 Whereas, the 30 Under 30 Caribbean-American Emerging Leaders/Change
9Makers Award is presented to individuals demonstrating leadership in the United
10States, a country in CARICOM, or a British, French, or Dutch Dependency; and
AJR66,2,1211 Whereas, people of Caribbean-American descent have made significant
12differences in their respective fields, such as:
AJR66,2,15 13Clarie Alicia Nelson — founder of the Institute of Caribbean Studies, who is
14also the first Jamaican woman to earn a Doctorate degree in an engineering
AJR66,2,17 16Colin Powell — the first black U.S Secretary of State, whose parents were born
17in Jamaica;
AJR66,2,18 18Jean Baptiste Point du Sable — founder of Chicago, born in Haiti;
AJR66,2,19 19Antonia Novello — the first female U.S. Surgeon General, born in Puerto Rico;
AJR66,2,20 20Alexander Hamilton — the first Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, born in Nevis;
AJR66,2,21 21Stokley Carmichael — a black power activist, born in Trinidad;
AJR66,2,23 22Marion Jones — a track and field Olympic gold medalist, whose parents are
23from Belize;
1Shirley Chisholm — the first African-American Congresswoman and the first
2black woman to run for president on a major party ticket, whose parents are from
3Barbados and British Guiana;
AJR66,3,5 4Harry Belafonte — a Calypso artist and civil rights activist, whose parents are
5from Jamaica and Martinique;
AJR66,3,7 6Eric Holder — the first African-American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney
7General, whose parents are from Barbados;
AJR66,3,9 8Dr. William Thornton — a physician and architect who designed the U.S.
9Capitol, born in the British Virgin Islands;
AJR66,3,12 10Jennifer Carroll — retired naval officer and politician, the first
11African-American woman and Trinidadian-American elected as Lieutenant
12Governor of Florida;
AJR66,3,14 13David Bowen — a Wisconsin politician and Democratic member of the
14Wisconsin State Assembly, representing Wisconsin's 10th Assembly District; and
AJR66,3,1815 Whereas, it is important to appreciate and remember the
16Caribbean-Americans who have positively shaped and enhanced our culture,
17society, and government in the past as well as the present and as they continue to
18make great contributions to the melting pot we call America; now, therefore, be it
AJR66,3,21 19Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the Wisconsin
20State Legislature does hereby recognize June as Caribbean-American Heritage
AJR66,3,2222 (End)