City's Caribbean Culture To Be Examined

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

The experiences, cultures and achievements of Boston's Caribbean immigrants and their descendants will be the focus of a major conference sponsored by Boston College, "Blacks in Boston VI: The Caribbean Connection." The conference, to be held from Feb. 22-24, includes several events at Robsham Theater.

"Members of the Caribbean community have been invisible in history, despite their tremendous contributions," said Black Studies Program Director Assoc. Prof. Frank Taylor (History), a member of the conference planning board. "The conference will address this situation and inform those in attendance about this migrant community's substantial contributions to the New England area."

The event is the sixth in a series examining the black experience in Boston that was started by the late Amanda Houston, the inaugural Black Studies Program director. Among the topics will be an historical look at the Caribbean migration to Boston, a discussion of the political experiences of Caribbean migrants in Greater Boston, and views on social, legal, economic, educational and health issues affecting the Caribbean population.

Members of the Boston College community scheduled to speak include Taylor, Prof. Andrew Buni (History), Assoc. Prof. Evelyn Barbee (SON), Asst. Prof. Ralph Edwards (SOE), Asst. Prof. Otherine Neisler (SOE) and Adj. Asst. Prof. Daniel Kanstroom (Law).

The first two days of the conference will take place in Robsham Theater. Highlights will include presentation of the Griot Award - honoring a person who has preserved community history - on Feb. 22 by author John Henrik Clarke, an activist in African American education, and honorary conference co-chair Massachusetts Rep. Byron Rushing (D-Boston) serving as master of ceremonies for the Feb. 23 program. The Feb. 24 events will be held at Morgan Memorial/Goodwill Inc. in Boston.

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