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“ Our Culture, Our Heritage, Our Caribbean “ BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Peter L. René, Chairman





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Terrance Layne, President

Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominican Republic Celebrate Independence

Lucia Bates, Vice President Coretta Warner, Secretary Michelle Levi, Treasurer Lafayette Hamilton, Program Director Jerry Castro, Director Ricardo Marshall, Director Janelle Escayg, Director Dr. Louis Browne Honorary Consul of Barbados, Special Advisor to the Board

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Hon. Derek Walcott


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Soca Passion Celebrations


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renada, St. Lucia and The Dominican Republic celebrate their Independence during the month of February. Grenada celebrated their independence on February 7th; St. Lucia’s Independence Day is February 22nd and The Dominican Republic’s Independence Day is February 27th.

Inspector, with music by DJ Singh and DJ Tatts.

St. Lucia and Grenada will have a rear treat in honor of their Independence Day. Soca Passion will hold a celebration on Friday February 25, 2011 at the Crystal Lounge with music by DJ Butch and DJ Kalongi representing Team Blue and DJ Norro representing Grenada celebrated in Team Green. Houston on January 29, 2011 with an Independence The Circulo Cultural DoDay party at the Kingz Ban- minicano organization will quet Hall. Live in concert celebrate the Dominican was “Grenada’s Greatest Republic’s Independence Entertainer ‘The Hitman’ Day on February 26, 2011

with a celebration beginning at the Royal Palace in Houston with Benny Sadel, Amaris Camilo, Mi Rumba Orchestra and many more. The Circulo Cultural Dominicano will sing Quisqueya. On behalf of the Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas, we congratulate our fellow countryman on the Independence Day celebrations and we extend warm greetings and hopes for a successful celebration. For more about Independence, See Page 3.

TSU Appoints St. Lucian Dean of Honors College In February 2011, Texas Southern University (TSU) selected Dr. Humphrey A. Regis, Ph.D. to head the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College. Dr. Regis, who was born in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, is newly appointed Dean of the Honors College which was established in the Fall Semester 2009. Before coming to TSU, Dr. Regis Professor and

Chair in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. He wrote several articles published in the Journal of Pan African Studies.

He has been a teacher and journalist in Saint Lucia and the United States for over 30 years. He studies the relationships between mass communication and cultural domination by re-importation or reexportation, orientation to reference groups, and location in global social space. He also

studies relationships among mass communication, knowledge of the ancient World African Community, and the understanding of imperatives among people of African Descent in the Caribbean region. We are extremely delighted to have Dr. Regis as a member of the Caribbean Community in the Greater Houston Area. The Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas plans to visit with him for our March’s newsletter. We will post interview with Dr. Regis on our website as well.



“Sabbaths, W.I.” by Derek Walcott

T The Hon. Derek Alton Walcott, The Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC). Dr. Walcott is a Saint Lucian poet, playwright and the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. In 2010, he became Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex Colchester, England.

hose villages stricken with the melancholia of Sunday, in all of whose ocher streets one dog is sleeping those volcanoes like ashen roses, or the incurable sore of poverty, around whose puckered mouth thin boys are selling yellow sulphur stone the burnt banana leaves that used to dance the river whose bed is made of broken bottles the cocoa grove where a bird whose cry sounds green and yellow and in the lights under the leaves crested with orange

flame has forgotten its flute gommiers peeling from sunburn still wrestling to escape the sea the dead lizard turning blue as stone those rivers, threads of spittle, that forgot the old music that dry, brief esplanade under the drier sea almonds where the dry old men sat watching a white schooner stuck in the branches and playing draughts with the moving frigate birds hose hillsides like broken pots those ferns that stamped their skeletons on the skin and those roads that begin reciting their names at vespers

mention them and they will stop those crabs that were willing to let an epoch pass those herons like spinsters that doubted their reflections inquiring, inquiring those nettles that waited those Sundays, those Sundays those Sundays when the lights at the road's end were an occasion those Sundays when my mother lay on her back those Sundays when the sisters gathered like white moths round their street lantern and cities passed us by on the horizon —Derek Walcott

With Much Thanks and Appreciation Just about every nonprofit charitable organization uses volunteers in some capacity. In most cases, Board Members serve without compensation.

Volunteers are the lifeblood and the backbone of a nonprofit organization. Overall, volunteers provide and continue to provide a valuable service. They have given, not only their time, but their expertise in helping our organization succeed. We have an ALL VOLUNTEER Board of Directors at CAHFT. Therefore I would like to thank all our Board for their time and tireless efforts: I say a

very heart-felt,

Thank-You! Lucia Bates, Coretta Warner,

Thanks to Terrance Layne,

Michelle Levi, Lafayette Hamilton, Jerry Castro, Ricardo Marshall, Janelle Escayg, and a special thanks to Dr. Louis Browne, Honorary Consul of Barbados. Dr. Browne serves as a Special Advisor to the Board. Finally, we thank all our supporters and fans. Your support is absolutely crucial to our success. Thank You! —Peter

Soca Passion Celebrates Independence Day


oca Passion— The Movement—will celebrate St. Lucia’s and Grenada’s Independence Day at the Crystal Lounge on Friday, February 25, Soca Passion 2011. strives to provide great

Caribbean entertainment and a fun-filling party experience through Soca music and culture. Soca Passion offers creative themes, fun & enjoyment, originality, and much more which have created anticipated interests and great expectations each time. Thus Soca Passion, a desirable

love and extravagant fondness for Soca music and culture, is now a well known & highly anticipated trademarked brand that is celebrated on the last Friday of each month in Houston Texas. Find out more about Soca Passion at: http://





friendship between our two nations. As you celebrate your independence, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend as we work toward a more a peaceful and prosperous future for all our people.” The St. Lucian Government has scheduled a month long celebration of Independence Day. This theme for this year’s celebration is: “Recovering Through Resilience; Rebuilding with Determination” St. Lucia was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, the first European colonizers. They signed a treaty

with the native Carib peoples in 1660. England took control of the island from 1663 to 1667; in ensuing years, it was at war with France 14 times and rule of the island changed frequently (7 times French and British each). In 1814, the British took definitive control of the island. Because it switched so often between British and French control, Saint Lucia was also known as the "Helen of the West Indies." On February 22, 1979, Saint Lucia became an independent state of the British Commonwealth of Nations.

Grenada Independence Day

renada celebrated its independence on February 7, 2011. On February 4, 2011, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a Press Statement that read in part: “On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Grenada on your 37th anniversary of independence this February 7. The United States and Grenada are working together on issues of importance to both our nations, from the health of our citizens to the security and stability



St. Lucia Independence Day

n February 17, 2011, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a Press Statement that read in part: “On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of St. Lucia as you commemorate your 33rd anniversary of independence this February 22….The United States and St. Lucia are united by our shared values and commitment to democracy, freedom and the rule of law….The United States remains committed to strengthening the ties of



he Dominican Republic a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western third of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands that are shared by two countries. It is the second largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba) with an estimated 18,704 square miles and an estimated 10 million

of our region. As you celebrate your independence, know that the United States stands with you and we look forward to continuing to work together to build a brighter future for all our people.” Grenada marked Independence 2011 under the theme: “Celebrating 37 Years Through Challenging Times with Optimism and Resilience.’’ It’s a theme which is not only realistic but meaningful. Grenada is also known as the "Island of Spice" due to the produc-

tion of nutmeg and mace crops of which Grenada is one of the world's largest exporters. The French fought and conquered Grenada from the Caribs circa 1650, but formally ceded it to Great Britain in 1783 by the Treaty of Paris. A century later, in 1877 Grenada was made a Crown Colony. Independence was granted in 1974 under the leadership of the then Premier, Sir Eric Matthew Gairy, who became the first Prime Minister of Grenada.

Dominican Republic Independence Day people. The territory of the Dominican Republic was reached by Christopher Columbus in 1492 and became the site of the first permanent European settlement in the Americas, namely Santo Domingo, the country's capital and Spain's first capital in the New World. After three centuries of Spanish rule, with French and Haitian interludes, the country became inde-

pendent in 1821 but was quickly taken over by Haiti. The country was victorious in the Dominican War of Independence in 1844.

The Dominican Republic has the second largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American region. Though long known for sugar production, the economy is now dominated by services. The Dominican Republic has become the Caribbean's largest tourist destination.



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Our Mission The Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas (CAHFT), a Texas non profit organization, was established exclusively to partner with, collaborate, and assist Texas’ Caribbean Organizations to bring awareness to the rich, lush history the Caribbean Culture and to promote its benefits and our contributions to the diverse culture in Texas. The Foundation will work to and assist Texas Caribbean Organizations achieve their goals: business, financial and cultural, objectives through strategic partnership and mutual collaborations, in the spirit of cooperation. We plan to work tirelessly to establish the Caribbean Communities as ONE united voice while continuing

n the This Week’s Best Photo Section of the Febru-

ary 14, 2011 issue of Jet Magazine there’s a photo of a child looking up at a Wanaragua Dancer in Livingston, Guatemala while standing in front of the Wanaragua Dancer as the dancer took a break from performing the Wanaragua or “Jankunu” or “John Canoe” dance near the Black Christ Basilica in the Esquipulas town in Guatemala. This was all before the Feast Day of the Black Christ of Esquipulas. There is also a photo of the Wanaragua Dancer in action. Esquipulas is a Guatemalan town near the border of Honduras. Basilicas are large and important churches that have been given special ceremonial rites by the Pope in the Roman Catholic faith. Esquipulas, Guatemala is famous for it’s basilica, which houses The Black Christ of Esquipulas, a Statue carved in 1595 which depicts Jesus Christ on the Cross. The basilica there was built in 1758 and is the largest baroque church in Guatemala. The Festival of The Black Christ is held on January 15th.

to advocate on behalf of the peoples of the Caribbean and Caribbean decent. We plan to work to establish the Foundation as a social, cultural and economic presence in our diverse community, capable of bringing visible change and achievement through our advocacy. Another of our core missions is to recognize and annually celebrate National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, June of every year; in doing so, we will work to bring awareness to the contributions made to our society and culture of peoples of Caribbean and Caribbean heritage and highlighting the contribution made my Caribbean immigrants to the United States and Texas. Through our efforts during June, we hope to also continue our dialogue between the Caribbean

and our American and Texas communities. Our Values

 CAHFT will operate above board with transparency

 CAHFT will conduct business with the associations, local businesses and individuals impartially in a fair and equitable manner

 Collaborative: every organization has a seat at the table and every organization has a voice

 CAHFT will conduct ourselves professionally while on Foundation business

 CAHFT will operate and conduct ourselves with integrity

 CHAFT will operate and conduct ourselves ethically

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The Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas February 2011 Independance Day Special Issue