FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21. 2016
Washington, D.C. – The Embassy of Haiti is pleased to announce that on June 22, 2016, the White House will host a National Caribbean-American Heritage Month Celebration, and the event will feature the people, arts, music and gastronomy of Haiti.
This celebration at the White House will serve as an opportunity to reflect on the important contributions of Caribbean-Americans to the United States. Panel discussions featuring prominent figures from the Haitian-American community will discuss topics such as the influence of people of Caribbean origins on the U.S. cultural landscape. Young emerging leaders such as Nancy Douyon of Google and community activist Francesca Menes will discuss the roles and the growing impact of Millennials of Caribbean descent in shaping the political and social fabric of the United States. The festivities will also include a musical performance by renowned Haitian artist, Emeline Michel and singer/songwriter, Dener Ceide.
To conclude the festivities at the White House, a reception featuring Haitian cuisine will be offered by the Embassy of Haiti, in collaboration with the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS). For the occasion, the Embassy of Haiti invited Chef Stephan Berrouet-Durand to recreate Haitian specialty dishes for guests.
June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month and this year marks the tenth anniversary of its declaration, announced by the White House on June 6, 2006. There are roughly 2.5 million people in the U.S. of Caribbean-American heritage, and one of the many large Caribbean populations of U.S. immigrants are from Haiti. This event coincides with several activities the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) will hold throughout the month of June.
WHERE & WHEN: Wednesday, June 22, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm; White House, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington D.C. (By Invitation Only)
A full list of Caribbean-American Heritage Celebration events can be found here:
About The Embassy
The Embassy of Haiti in Washington, DC (the “Embassy”) is at the forefront of Haiti’s engagement with, inter alia, the United States government: development financial institutions; private sector investors; and the thousands of Haitian citizens living in the Washington, DC and Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit http://www.haiti.org