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 Caribbean American Heritage Awards 

America's greatness lies in the diversity of those who have made this country home. Caribbean immigrants have contributed in every facet of American life. They include John Russworm, first Black newspaper editor, Al Roker, television weatherman, and Malcolm X, civil rights activist.

The Caribbean American Heritage Awards were established in 1994 to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to American society, promoted Caribbean culture and interests in the United States, as well as to friends of the Caribbean.

An annual event that usually takes place in November in Washington, DC, the Caribbean American Heritage Awards recognizes and celebrates the contributions of Caribbean-Americans in various industries and sectors.

To learn more about the Caribbean American Heritage Awards, contact ICS at or call (202) 638-0460.

Past Honorees
Over the years, the CARAH Awards have welcomed an excellent calibre of guests and presented awards to a number of easily recognizable individuals. These include:

Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Owen Arthur of Barbados
Prime Minister Don. Dr. Kenny Anthony of St. Lucia
Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas of St. Kitts & Nevis
Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada
Former Prime Minister Dame Eugenia Charles of Dominica
Congressman Ed Towns (Friend of the Caribbean)
Hon. Kweisi Mfume, (former Congressman, Friend of the Caribbean)
Congresswoman Donna Christensen
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (Friend of the Caribbean)
Hon. Eric Holder, Former Deputy US Attorney General (Barbadian heritage)
Hon. Dianne Abbott, M.P. Great Britain (Jamaican heritage)
Ambassador Andrew Young, (Friend of the Caribbean)
Hon. Jean Augustine, M.P., Canada (Jamaican heritage)
Earl Graves, CEO & Publisher Black Enterprise (Barbadian heritage)
Cicely Tyson, Actress (St. Kitts & Nevis heritage)
Jimmy Cliff, Reggae Legend (Jamaican heritage)
CCH Pounder, Television Actress (Guyanese heritage)
Dawnn Lewis, Film & Television Actress (Guyanese heritage)
Maureen Bunyan, Television Anchor, Channel 7/ABC Washington DC (Guyanese heritage)
Tracey Neale, Television News Reporter, Channel 5/FOX (Bahamian heritage)
Randall Robinson, Founder & Executive Director, TransAfrica (Friend of the Caribbean)
Hon. Wilma Lewis, Former US Attorney, Washington DC (US Virgin Islands heritage)
Bert Mitchell, CEO, Mitchell & Titus (Jamaican heritage)
Dumas Simeus, CEO, Simeus Foods Intl. (Haitian heritage)
Geoffrey Holder, Actor, Choreographer (Trinidadian heritage)
Dr. Grace Cornish, Television Psychologist, Queen Latifah Show (Jamaican heritage)
Edwidge Danticat, Writer (Haitian heritage)
Advancing the Interests of Caribbean Americans

Institute of Caribbean Studies  (ICS)Washington DC
1629 K Street NW, Ste 300
Washington DC 20001
Phone: 202.638.0460