Explore Caribbean American Culture During June at DeKalb County Public Library

June is National Caribbean American Heritage Month and DeKalb County Public Library is celebrating with programs exploring the richness, influence and diversity of Caribbean American culture. The celebration kicks off Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library with a thought-provoking panel discussion on immigration and assimilation, Caribbean dishes for sampling and the opening of a photography exhibit depicting Caribbean culture in Atlanta by photographer Arthur Ratliff.

Other programs and events planned for the month include a film festival with films from Grenada, French Guiana, Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, and Barbados; a storytelling festival featuring traditional Anansi stories; and a spelling competition with words related to Caribbean people, places and things.

This is the Library’s first Caribbean American Heritage Month celebration. It is organized by Wesley Chapel Library Branch Manager Monica Foderingham, who plans to make it a yearly event.

“The Caribbean is more than one island, one language, one culture. It is a diverse region with English, Spanish, French and Dutch-speaking countries; and the people are black, white, Indian, Chinese, Lebanese and Aboriginal,” she noted. “The region is sun, sea and sand, but so much more; and the Caribbean Film Festival, the Caribbean Spelling Bee, the Anansi Storytelling Festival and other programs for Caribbean American Heritage Month provide a window into the multifaceted, multidimensional world that approximately four million immigrants to the United States call home. Food is also a part of a people’s culture, so attendees will have an opportunity to sample Caribbean refreshments to round out their sensory foray into the Caribbean experience.”

Sponsors for this event are Caribbean International Shipping Services; Royal Caribbean Bakery; St. Hugh’s High School Alumnae Association, Atlanta Chapter; the Queen’s Alumnae, Atlanta Chapter; and the Friends of the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library. Partners are Bronze Lens Film Festival, the Georgia Caribbean American Heritage Coalition (GCAHC), the British Virgin Islands Heritage Coalition, the Antigua Barbuda Association of Georgia (ABAG) and the ABAG Foundation, the Barbados Association of Atlanta, and the Grenada Carrriacou and Petite Martinique Association of Atlanta.

All programs will be held at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library and the Decatur Library. To get the complete list of programs, times and locations, ask for a program schedule at your neighborhood branch or click here.