Forthcoming Symposium Commemorating Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Commemorating Caribbean-American Heritage Month, Dr. Marco Mason and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz invite the public to the one-day symposium, “Migration and Development in the Caribbean: Promoting Stability and Strengthening Capacities,” on June 30, 2010. The symposium and related activities will take place at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Court Room, Rotunda, and Plaza, in Brooklyn, New York. The symposium itself will be held at the BP Conference Room from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

Panel presentations will include topics such as migration and development in the Caribbean, remittance flows, and emergency responses and post-crisis preparedness. Caribbean Cultural Marketplace (Borough Hall Plaza, 10am-4pm); music and dance performances and fashion presentations (Borough Hall Plaza, noon-1pm and 5-7pm); Caribbean Art Exhibit (Rotunda, 12noon-4pm); film screenings by Caribbean filmmakers (Courtroom, 12noon-4pm); readings from works by Caribbean authors (Victorian Suite, 12noon-4pm); and “A Taste of The Caribbean” food sampling from Caribbean restaurants (Rotunda, 4pm-5pm).

Dr. Marco Mason, the symposium moderator, “wears many hats, but the respected Panamanian-born medical sociologist and educator is well-known for his immeasurable support of Caribbean people in New York. A longtime proponent of Caribbean clout, Mason has advised politicians, business owners, and governmental agencies on the demographics of Caribbean New Yorkers,” their accomplishments and potential.

Haitian born actor Jimmy Jean-Louis (star of HBO Heroes) has been named National Spokesperson for Caribbean American Heritage Month 2010. 

For more information, write to Ann Marie Adamson at or see and

For more information on Marco Mason, see

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