[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office, www.gpo.gov]

PROCLAMATION 8530--MAY 28, 2010

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Proclamation 8530 of May 28, 2010
National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Our Nation is linked to the Caribbean by our geography as well as our
shared past and common aspirations. During National Caribbean-American
Heritage Month, we pay tribute to the diverse cultures and immeasurable
contributions of all Americans who trace their heritage to the
Throughout our history, immigrants from Caribbean countries have come to
our shores seeking better lives and opportunities. Others were brought
against their will in the bonds of slavery. All have strived to ensure
their children could achieve something greater and have preserved the
promise of America for future generations.
During the month of June, we also honor the bonds of friendship between
the United States and Caribbean countries. This year's devastating
earthquake in Haiti has brought untold grief to the Haitian-American
community, many who continue to mourn the loss of loved ones as they
help rebuild their homeland. These families and individuals remain in
our thoughts and prayers. The United States has proudly played a leading
role in the international response to this crisis, which included vital
contributions from countries throughout the Caribbean. As Haiti
recovers, we will remain a steady and reliable partner.
This month, we celebrate the triumph of Caribbean Americans, a diverse
community that encompasses many nationalities and languages. They have
become leaders in every sector of American life while maintaining the
varied traditions of their countries of origin. Caribbean Americans
enrich our national character and strengthen the fabric of our culture,
and we are proud they are part of the American family.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as National
Caribbean-American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to
celebrate the history and culture of Caribbean Americans with
appropriate ceremonies and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day
of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-