For Immediate Release
Jose Francisco Avila
Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc.
2014 Garifuna-American Heritage Month in New York  

New York - The Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. a, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization invites the New York Community to join them in commemorate March 11 - April 12 as Garifuna-American Heritage Month 2014, in observance of the 217 Anniversary of the Forcible Transfer of the Garifuna People from St Vincent to Central America and their arrival on April 12, 1797.

 Gar�funa-American Heritage Month celebrates the great contributions of Gar�funa-Americans to the fabric of New York City and New York State, and pays tribute to the common culture and bonds of friendship that unite the United States and the Gar�funa's countries of origin (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras Nicaragua and St Vincent and the Grenadines.)


In 2014 the Garifunas celebrate 191 years of the Gar�funa Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage's contribution to New York City's vibrant cultural life. In 1823, William Henry Brown recognized as the first American playwright of African descent wrote "The Drama of King Shotaway," recognized as the first black drama of the American theatre and which had as its subject the 1795 Black Caribs (Gar�funa) defense of the Island of Saint Vincent led by the Paramount Gar�funa Chief Joseph Chatoyer, against colonization by the British.


Furthermore, as the Cultural Capital of the World, New York is privileged to be home to one of the original "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangibles Heritage of Humanity, as proclaimed by UNESCO, on May 18th, 2001.


New York City is home to the largest Gar�funa Community outside of Central America! However, although Gar�funas have been migrating here in search of a better life since the 1930s; the community was virtually obscured until the Happy Land Social Club fire on March 25th, 1990; the majority of the victims were Gar�funas! Thanks to the support of various elected officials; the Gar�funa Coalition USA, Inc has taken the Gar�funa Community from obscurity to the pinnacle of Recognition and will celebrate the 6th Annual Gar�funa American Heritage Month in New York, a tribute to the Gar�funas survival and resiliency!


To kick off the 2014 Gar�funa Heritage Month, the Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc in cooperation with other community and civic organizations will schedule various activities, among them the following:


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Tuesday March 11th, 2014 - 217th Anniversary of the Forcible Transfer of the Garifunas from St Vincent to Central America.


Tuesday March 11th, 2014 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

The Garifuna Coalition will sponsor the Fourth Annual Garifuna-American Legislative Day in Albany, NY where Senator Rev. Rub�n D�az, Sr. will present the Senate ResolutionMemorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare March 11, 2014, to April 12, 2014, as Gar�funa-American Heritage Month in the State of New York


Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:00 PM

Garifuna American Heritage Month in the NYC Council

New York City council Chambers


Friday, March 14th, 2014 - 219th Anniversary of the death of the Paramount Garifuna Chief Joseph Chatoyer


Friday March 14, 2014 7:00 PM  ABRAZO Garifuna BY INVITATION


Wednesday, March 15, 2014 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Garifuna Children's Fair

Bronx Music Heritage Center

1303 Louis Ni�� Blvd, Bronx NY (2 or 5 trains to Freeman St.)


Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:00 AM

Garifuna Nation Marathon

Starting: from Evangelical Garifuna Churches, 344 Brook Ave, Bronx, NY 10453

End: at Believers Mennonite Garifuna Ministries, 36 Malcolm X Blvd, Brooklyn, NY


Tuesday, March 25th 7:00 PM 24th Memorial Mass for the 87 victims of the Social Club Fire   St Thomas Aquinas Church, 1900 Crotona Parkway, Bronx NY


Thursday, April 3, 2014 5:30 PM

Garifuna American Heritage Month in the Bronx

Bronx County Courthouse, 851 Grand Concourse


Friday, April 11th, 2014 5:30 PM - 9:30

Garifuna American Heritage Month in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Borough Hall


Saturday, April 12th, 2014, 217th Anniversary of the Garifunas Arrival to Central America


Saturday, April 12th, 2014 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Garifuna Day Conference & Festival,

344 Brook Ave Bronx, NY 10454


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