BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS KICKS OFF CARIBBEAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH FESTIVITIES WITH A FLAG RAISING CEREMONY AT CITY HALL & MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE PROCLAMATION
Each year during the month of June, the National Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration Committee Inc. kick off the month's festivities with our annual flag raising ceremony on the steps of Boston City Hall and Massachusetts State House Proclamation commemorating national Caribbean American Heritage Month and announcing plans for local festivities such as our annual Caribbean American Heritage Festival, all in commemoration of June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month. Our events are open to everyone.
Flag Raising - Boston Register on Eventbrite.
Flag Raising - Worcester Register on Eventbrite.
Our Committee Members
We are pleased to highlight our committee members:
Antoinette Nibbs was born and raised in St. Thomas, USVI. In 2006 she completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University and graduated with a concentration (major) in chemistry and a citation (minor) in Spanish. She then attended Northwestern University, where she received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 2012. After a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Chicago, she returned to the Boston area in 2015. She is currently a research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Her research over the past ten years has spanned various fields, including method development, total synthesis and medicinal chemistry, with the disease focus of the latter including prostate cancer and malaria. She plans to make the transition from academia to the pharmaceutical industry in the greater Boston area.
She has been a member of the Authentic Caribbean Foundation since 2015 and active participant in the Caribbean Diaspora community.
Andrew Sharpe, a Jamaican, he is a relative of Usian Bolt, Jamaica’s 100 and 200 meters world record holder. He has always had a passion for helping people and learning different culture with the privilege to work with several Caribbean Folkloric artists like Paul Keens Douglas and Louise Bennett Coverley.
Andrew founded the Authentic Caribbean Foundation which geared towards transforming the lives of the Caribbean children impacted by disabilities, HIV/AIDS and their caregivers through health and educational support. Dedicated to providing education and training, health, community tourism and support services to children and adult with disability and aids within the Diaspora and the Caribbean by achieving an important level of development and sustainability helping to eliminate poverty. The founder of several charitable events: My Caribbean One World Expo, the Caribbean American Heritage Festival and Caribbean Rum & Food Festival and the producer/host of the Caribbean Diaspora Connect radio program at WBCA-LP 102.9 and a member of the Boston Neighborhood Network and the Caribbean Tourism Organization. He has spearheaded the continuation of National Caribbean American Heritage Month in Massachusetts and severe as a representative.
Ronald Lammy, was born and raised in Guyana. In 2006 he was invited to join the Caribbean American Heritage Month National Committee. His passionate promotion of Caribbean academic, professional, business, and cultural attributes in the prior decades led to his selection as the New England Regional Representative in 2007. Based in Massachusetts, he fosters a broad and deep depiction of the Caribbean Diaspora’s positive immersion in American life. In Greater Boston he has encapsulated their attributes as “contributing to the vibrancy of the city in a wide range of social, commercial, governmental and non-profit sectors.” City and Commonwealth proclamations; event press releases; and grant writings have endorsed this portrayal by using it and other descriptive content. He shares his social enabler expertise proudly as “a Caribbean man.”
Charmaine Charles, a Bostonian from two immigrant parents, one was from Jacmel Haiti and the other from Trewlany, Jamaica. She had the opportunity to be part of the Metco program in Lexington. This is where they took children in inner cities and placed them in suburb schools for better education. Going to Lexington schools all my life, she have faced many difficulties from racism, to cultural understanding from a lot of other kids.
She started college at curry college in Milton and transferred to pine manor college on chest nut hill. My studies were criminal justice and child psychology. She has been a member of the Authentic Caribbean Foundation since 2015 and active participant in the Caribbean Diaspora community.
Kerry Williams is a native of Jamaica and is the founder of the Caribbean Professionals Meetup Group in Boston, MA. The Caribbean Professionals Meetup group, now with 159 members, aims to bring members of the Caribbean diaspora together for both fellowship and networking. Our group partners with the Authentic Caribbean Foundation for special projects.
Juan Perfetti, born in Caracas, Juan is a Venezuelan exiled in Massachusetts. Proud husband and father, social entrepreneur, self-taught web developer, and journalist. Studied Psychology at the Central University of Venezuela. Founder of the Comunicas organization, editor of the Dorchester Post and the Shrewsbury Post, spokesperson of USA Ciscuve (Center for Sociocultural Research of Venezuela).