OPINION: Caribbean Heritage Month And Its Importance To African-American History

OPINION: Caribbean Heritage Month and its importance to African-American history

By State Sen. Kevin Parker

“Life Needs the Caribbean!” So read the tagline of a full-length commercial that ran in frequent rotation on national network television a couple years ago. The declaration was made against a backdrop of scenic images of the idyllic blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. For further emphasis, the rhythmic sounds of “island music” were heard in the background. 
Though there has been a monumental movement toward change, the fact is that in the past, there was a lingering perception that the Caribbean is music, sea, sand and surf. This view was reinforced by the strong …

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