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The Harvard-Radcliffe Caribbean Club was created in 1978 by a group of West Indian students who felt the need for a club where students of Caribbean descent and those interested in the Caribbean could come together and keep the warm West Indian Culture alive and well in the cold city of Cambridge. It was created on the cusp of increased West Indian immigration into the United States for better vocational and higher educational opportunities. Today, the sons and daughters, born 2nd generation West Indians in the United States, heavily populate Harvard University's campus, educating their peers on their heritage and culture through the Caribbean Club in the process.

In the past, the Club has given end of the year scholarships to Cambridge high school students of Caribbean heritage, has had a biannual literary publication with the Harvard African Students Association entitled "Roots and Culture", has brought speakers like the Jamaican poet Derrick Walcott, and former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley's wife, Beverly Manley, to Harvard to speak, and have participated in countless activities campus wide.

Today the Harvard Caribbean Club has the same purpose and goals that the original club intended. The Club would like to teach as many persons of the Harvard community about the West Indian culture, its people, its geography, its struggles and its victories. It would also like to inform the masses of the Caribbean-American community, a new group that has surfaced within the last thirty years or so in the United States and likewise in Harvard's enrollment. Events such as Cultural Rhythms, Caribbean literature events, movie series, and others dot the calendar of the Caribbean Club today.

 

 

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The Harvard Caribbean Club is an officially recognized student organization of Harvard College

 
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