Caribbean American Heritage Awards: A Celebration of Excellene

The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary this year and mark the milestone at the 2013 Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH). CARAH is renowned as the premiere awards event for recognizing accomplishments and emerging talent in the Caribbean American community. 

The 2013 CARAH Gala, scheduled for Friday Nov. 22 at the JW Marriot in Washington, DC will pay special homage to an eclectic mix of individuals including a scientist, marine biologist, style consultant and musician.
Camille Wardrop Alleyne
An astronaut, Alleyne has broken several barriers through her outstanding achievements in science and engineering. She serves as the Assistant Program Scientist for the International Science Station (ISS) for NASA. She was previously stationed at the Kennedy Space Center.

Etienne Charles
Recognized as one of the most exciting jazz artists of the time, breaking new ground mixing the classic sounds of jazz with the authentic beats of his native Trinidad.

Guy Harvey
Marine biologist and artist, this multi-talented scientist has combined his passion for art with his love for the ocean to build a dedicated following for his conservation efforts. 
Shala Monroque
Style and culture maven, editor and writer, Monroque has wowed the fashion world with her unique eye for detail and her ground-breaking magazine GARAGE. 
Kim Watson
As the vice president of regional affairs for PEPCO, Watson knows her audiences and how to communicate with them. She has built a reputation as a listener, collaborator and 'maverick.' Her involvement with diverse communities in the DMV area has ensured PEPCO remains responsive and supportive of the neighborhoods that it serves. 

2013 Caribbean American Heritage Awards

"As we mark our 20th Anniversary, we are awed by our own past and excited about the future," said ICS President and Founder Dr. Claire Nelson. "This year's honorees, like those we feature every year, are at the top of their game or hidden gems that deserve a bigger stage for their accomplishments.
"We welcome the opportunity to spotlight rising stars at the Caribbean American Heritage Awards as well as renowned personalities. More importantly, CARAH is a key event for highlighting the accomplishments of Caribbean immigrants and Caribbean-Americans. " said Dr. Nelson.  
Founded in 1993, ICS has emerged as the premier advocacy organization for Caribbean Americans and their issues. Under the leadership of Dr. Nelson, it was the chief architect of efforts to get June designated as Caribbean American Heritage Month. Each year, it has been instrumental in building coalitions among Caribbean organizations, promoting awareness of development issues related to the Caribbean and its peoples and empowering Caribbean Americans to advocate in the U.S and their home countries. 
CARAH is ICS's major fundraiser. Proceeds from the event support ICS annual programs including Caribbean American Heritage Month, legislative week and business roundtables. To find out more about ICS, visit

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