Administration of Barack H. Obama, 2009
Proclamation 8390-National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2009
June 2, 2009
By the President of the United States of America
C'.Li1.1 I1 .'1I Americans have made lasting contributions to our Nation's culture and history,
and the month of June has been set aside to honor their cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and social
Generations of immigrants have preserved the traditions of their homelands, and these
traditions have defined our Nation's identity. C'.n 1l l ."li Americans bring a unique and N 1l. 1.ir
culture. This multilingual and multiethnic tradition has strengthened our social fabric and
enriched the diversity of our Nation.
Millions of individuals in the United States have C'.t ,l Il .i I roots. Unfortunately some
C'.L 1. 1 .'lI Americans were forced to our country as slaves; others arrived of their own volition.
All have sought the promise of a brighter tomorrow for themselves and their children.
In their pursuit of success, C'.LI 11 .ii Americans exhibit the traits all Americans prize:
determination, a devotion to community, and patriotism. They have made their mark in every
facet of our society, from art to athletics and science to service. C'.I Il l. I .iii Americans have also
safeguarded our Nation in the United States Armed Forces.
This month we also recognize the critical relationship the United States maintains with
C'.1, 1l I t .~ii nations. In a world of increasing communication and connectivity, this friendship
has become even more important. We are neighbors, partners, and friends; we share the same
aspirations for our children; and we strive for the very same freedoms. Together, we can meet
the common challenges we face.
Now, Il/. i.jf .ie, 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 2009 as National C'. l l11 .LI-.kmerican Heritage Month. I urge all Americans to
commemorate this month by learning more about the history and culture of C'. ,Il ."ii
In Witness W I~ .. f, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of June, in the year of
our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two
hundred and thirty-third.
[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:15 a.m., June 4, 2009]
NOTE: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on June 5.
Categories: Proclamations : National C('. 1li .Il-.kmerican Heritage Month.
Subjects: C'.inb I. .-II-.kmerican Heritage Month, National.
DCPD Number: DCPD200900430.