GARIFUNA Delegation Travels from New York City to Albany, the State Capital of New York on TUESDAY, March 15th 2016 For Resolution Proclaiming 2016 GARIFUNA American Heritage Month in New York

 

 

Albany, New York — 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 2016  proclaimed as 2016 Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York.

Copyright 2016 by Teofilo Colon Jr. (a.k.a. “Tio Teo”).  All Rights Reserved. Telephone: (646) 961-3674.

Typically, there’s a visit to the New York State Assembly, where a resolution is read proclaiming March 11th through April 12th as Garifuna American Heritage Month for that given year.  The same is done on the floor of the New York Senate Chamber.


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Finally, select Garifuna individuals are also highlighted during this event.  I will upload video and photos as information becomes available about this unique event during Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York.  For now, you can view BEING GARIFUNA Facebook Photo albums from a past Trip to Albany, New York.

2012 Part 1 — Garifuna Delegation Bus Trip from Bronx to Albany, NY, Ruben Diaz Sr Meets Garifuna Delegation in Albany, Elected Officials meet with Garifuna Delegation.

2012 Part 2 — Garifuna Delegation in NY Assembly and Floor of NY Senate Chamber.

2012 Part 3 — Reception for Garifuna Delegation in Albany, New York.

It should also be noted that while proclamations are considered to be largely ceremonial or symbolic in nature, proclamations are the most significant of non-legal, yet OFFICIAL forms of recognition issued by politicians. Proclamations do NOT have the force of law.   They are used ceremonially by politicians to honor a group or situation or to call attention to certain issues or events.  In this instance, proclamations are used to help spread awareness of the Garifuna presence in the United States of America and New York City in particular.

UPDATE:  Below is video of NY State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr’s comments on the Senate Floor about 2016 Garifuna American Heritage Month.

NY State Senator Jose Serrano

 

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 exile of the Garifuna people (then known as Black Caribs) upon 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.


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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.


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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.  Garifuna American Heritage Month in New York has been celebrated since 2009.


ABOUT The Garifuna People

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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Garifuna Delegation Meets with NY State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr in Albany in 2012.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr for Being Garifuna.   All Rights Reserved. (646) 961-3674.

Garifuna Delegation Meets with NY State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr in Albany in 2012. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr for Being Garifuna. All Rights Reserved. (646) 961-3674.

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