GARIFUNA Delegation Travels from New York City to Albany, the State Capital of New York on TUESDAY, March 17th 2015 For Resolution Proclaiming 2015 GARIFUNA American Heritage Month in New York

 

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Albany, New York — Here is video and some photos of Garifuna Legislative Day in New York, which took place on TUESDAY, March 17th 2015 in Albany,  the State Capital of New York.

New York State Senator Ruben Díaz Sr, Elected Officials, and Garifuna Delegation gather for a photo during celebration of 2015  Garifuna-American Heritage Month in New York.  Tuesday, March 17, 2015  Photo courtesy of New York State Senator, Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

New York State Senator Ruben Díaz Sr, Elected Officials, and Garifuna Delegation gather for a photo during celebration of 2015 Garifuna-American Heritage Month in New York. Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Photo courtesy of New York State Senator, Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

A bus carrying a Garifuna Delegation from New York City to Albany, the state capital of New York to have March 11th through April 12th 2015 as 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month proclaimed in New York.  Judging by the videos and photos, it sure looked like quite a day.

Garifuna Delegation poses with Elected Officials on Proclamation of 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York.  Photo courtesy of New York State Senator, Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

Garifuna Delegation poses with Elected Officials on Proclamation of 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York. Photo courtesy of New York State Senator, Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

Garifuna Delegation poses with Elected Officials on Proclamation of 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York.  Photo courtesy of New York State Senator, Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

Garifuna Delegation poses with Elected Officials on Proclamation of 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York. Photo courtesy of New York State Senator, Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

 

 

Below is video of Reverend Andrew Nuñez, Senior Pastor of Believers’s Mennonite Garifuna Ministries in Brooklyn.  He is a Garifuna man from Belize and here, he is offering the invocation during a Senate Session on Tuesday, March 17th 2015.

Below is video of the actual New York Senate Resolution J.936 which memorializes New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare March 11th 2015 through April 12th 2015 as 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York.

Below is video of New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr’s remarks on the State Senate Chambers on 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York.  In his remarks Rev. Ruben Diaz recognizes and acknowledges members of the Garifuna delegation who were on the floor of the New York Senate Chambers:

  • Mr. Jose Francisco Avila (President, Garifuna Coalition USA Inc).
  • Mrs. Rosemary Ordoñez-Jenkins (of Phipps Neighborhoods, Inc. She is  from Honduras).
  • Miss Rosita Alvarez (of New York’s Board of Education.  She is from Belize).
  • Mrs. Olga Leiva (of Hahigagua — Hanichugu Hiñarinu Garinagu Guadimaluna Organization — “Garifuna Women from Guatemala” in the Garifuna Language.  She is from Guatemala).
  • Rev. Andrew Nuñez (Senior Pastor of Believers’s Mennonite Garifuna Ministries in Brooklyn. He is from Belize).
  • Mr. Aurelio Martinez (Former Honduran Congressman / Garifuna Singer Songwriter from Honduras).

New York State Senator Gesturing to Garifuna Delegation during remarks regarding Resolution proclaiming 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York.  Photo courtesy of New York State Senator, Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

New York State Senator Gesturing to Garifuna Delegation during remarks regarding Resolution proclaiming 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York. Photo courtesy of New York State Senator, Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

Also, in his remarks, Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr also made it a point to talk about the legendary music career of International World Music Superstar, Garifuna Singer Songwriter Mr. Aurelio Martinez and his recent accolades.

Below is video of New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat’s session remarks on the  2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York resolution.  Check out his pointing out of NY State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr’s ‘mistake’ in his remarks.  1

Below is video of New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano’s session remarks on the 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month resolution.  2

Photos shared on Facebook reveal that this delegation also visited the Assembly Chamber where a similar proclamation was read.  Also, the Garifuna Delegation were allowed to sit in various seats of New York State Assembly members.

(from Left To Right), Jose Francisco Avila, Rev. Andrew Nuñez, Rosita Alvarez, New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker, Olga Leiva, Aurelio Martinez, New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr and Rosemary Ordoñez-Jenkins pose on Senate Chamber Floor.  Photo courtesy of New York State Senator, Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

(from Left To Right), Jose Francisco Avila, Rev. Andrew Nuñez, Rosita Alvarez, New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker, Olga Leiva, Aurelio Martinez, New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr and Rosemary Ordoñez-Jenkins pose on Senate Chamber Floor. Photo courtesy of New York State Senator, Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

(from Left To Right) Olga Leiva, Rosemary Ordoñez-Jenkins, Jose Francisco Avila, New York Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, Rosita Alvarez, Aurelio Martinez and Rev. Andrew Nuñez pose on New York State Senate Chamber Floor.  Photo courtesy of New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

(from Left To Right) Olga Leiva, Rosemary Ordoñez-Jenkins, Jose Francisco Avila, New York Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, Rosita Alvarez, Aurelio Martinez and Rev. Andrew Nuñez pose on New York State Senate Chamber Floor. Photo courtesy of New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

Afterwards, there was a reception in The Well in the Legislative Office Building.

New York State Senator, Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr welcomes Garifuna Delegation at Reception after resolution proclaiming 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York.  Photo courtesy of New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

New York State Senator, Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr welcomes Garifuna Delegation at Reception after resolution proclaiming 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York. Photo courtesy of New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.


Below is VIDEO from the Instagram page of Recently elected New York Assemblyman Michael Blake (79th District of the Bronx).

It is video of International World Music Superstar, Garifuna Singer Songwriter Aurelio Martinez singing the unofficial Garifuna international anthem, “Yurumein” at Garifuna Legislative Day (TUESDAY, March 17th 2015) in Albany, the state capital of New York, where 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York was proclaimed.

International World Music Superstar, Garifuna Singer Songwriter Aurelio Martinez, addresses Garifuna Delegation at Reception after resolution proclaiming 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York.  Photo courtesy of New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

International World Music Superstar, Garifuna Singer Songwriter Aurelio Martinez, addresses Garifuna Delegation at Reception after resolution proclaiming 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York. Photo courtesy of New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.

About Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York

Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York (March 11th through April 12th) is designed to reflect on and observe the occasion of the Garifuna people (then known as Black Caribs) being kicked out of their ancestral land of St. Vincent Island on March 11th 1797 to their arrival in Central America on April 12th 1797.  The dates reference the period of time where the Garifuna voyage took place between their ancestral land and their new place of residence, where a new life was forced upon them.

According to a press release from the non-profit organization the Garifuna Coalition USA Inc, Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York also,

“celebrates the great contributions of Garífuna-Americans to the fabric of New York City and New York State, and pays tribute to the common culture and bonds of friendship that unite the United States and the Garífuna’s countries of origin (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras Nicaragua and St Vincent and the Grenadines.)”.

The Garifuna Coalition adds, “New York City is home to the largest Garífuna Community outside of Central America!  However, although Garífunas have been migrating here in search of a better life since the 1930s; the community was virtually obscured until the Happy Land Social Club fire on March 25th, 1990.”  Most of the victims of that tragedy were Honduran, many were of Garifuna descent 3.

 

2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York. (March 11th through April 12th). Logo by Ivan Moreira.

2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York. (March 11th through April 12th). Logo by Ivan Moreira.

Overall, the idea is to pay tribute to the survival and resiliency of the Garifuna people and also highlight the contributions made by Garifunas to the state of New York and the United States of America.  Also, this as well as other activities taking place in New York during Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York are designed to further visibility of the Garifuna ethnic group to the general populace of New York City.

ABOUT The Garifuna People

The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent. From this fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men, 1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.  4

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In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797; the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribbean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.  Finally, Garifuna People have also migrated to the United States of America where generations have settled in cities like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.  Despite their mainly Spanish surnames, their culture and history are distinct from other Afro-American and Latino ethnic groups and it’s important to keep that in mind.

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New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr in NY Senate Chamber at proclamation of 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York.  Screen Capture of NY Senate Youtube Video.

New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr in NY Senate Chamber at proclamation of 2015 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York. Screen Capture of NY Senate Youtube Video.

Notes:

  1. http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/adriano-espaillat
  2. http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/jose-m-serrano
  3. Edna Negron, “Club Tragedy an Awakening for Garifuna”, New York Newsday, Sunday, August 18th 1991.
  4. Nancie L Gonzalez, “Sojourners of The Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pgs 21-23

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