Rep. Yvette D. Clarke Celebrates National Caribbean-American Heritage Month
This afternoon, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-11) voted in favor of H.Con.Res. 127, a resolution Recognizing the Significance of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.
Representative Clarke is a cosponsor of H.Con Res. 127, which is introduced each year by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09), provides Congress with an opportunity to recognize the many contributions of Caribbean-Americans and highlight the issues facing the Caribbean community.
Congresswoman Clarke made the following remarks:
“Caribbean-Americans have played a significant role in shaping America’s political and social landscape, including: former U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm, the first African American female Member of Congress; former Secretary of State Collin Powell; novelist Jamaica Kincaid; social activists Stokely Carmichael and Malcolm X; and world-renowned dancer, Pearl Primus.
“I have the distinct honor and privilege of representing New York’s 11th Congressional District, located in central Brooklyn. And as a child of Jamaican immigrants, I have experienced first- hand the impact Caribbean Americans can have on a community, let alone a nation. That is why I have been a staunch advocate for Caribbean issues my entire public life; fighting to ensure that the agenda of Caribbean Americans are visible on the national stage.
“It is my honor as a child of the Caribbean and my duty as the Representative of the 11th Congressional District of New York, to support such an important Resolution.”
Congresswoman Clarke represents one of the most diverse districts in New York City. She is the Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science and Technology for the 111th Congress. Congresswoman Clarke also sits on the Committee on Education and Labor and the Committee on Small Business. She is serving in her second term in Congress.