I would like to invite everyone to join us to celebrate Caribbean Heritage month this year at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp., located at 1368 Fulton St., between Brooklyn and New York Avenues. On June 26, 2012, at 5 p.m., we will be celebrating and recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of Caribbean-Americans to the United States and our county.
June is a very meaningful and proud month for the 22 million people of Caribbean heritage who live in this country and especially for the hundreds of thousands of Caribbean-Americans who reside in this great borough of Brooklyn. Caribbean-Americans and their descendants have made many impressive contributions to our country, which we recognize, honor, and celebrate throughout this month. At the same time, we celebrate the traditions and values of Caribbean-American culture that have enhanced our society as a whole and made Brooklyn a more vibrant, prosperous and hopeful place to live.
Caribbean-Americans can be recognized by their commitment to faith, to family, to industry and to law. And their love for the arts, for music, for dance and for life itself has enriched all of our lives immeasurably. The six honorees who will be recognized during the event have added to the ever growing lists of successes of Caribbean Americans. Each has exhibited their unwavering commitment to the welfare of their community. The honorees are: Colvin Grannum, President of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza; Cynthia Brown Franklin, community liaison to the Panama connection of Janes United Methodist Church; Rawlston Charles, owner of Charlie Records Store; Reverend Terry Lee, Senior Pastor of By Ways and Hedges Ministry; Guyanese Nurses Association of America; and Melvin Myers of Success Catering.
I want to take this opportunity to express my commitment to the Caribbean residents of Brooklyn to keep Brooklyn safe. I have implemented numerous programs that help keep our youth out of trouble and offer adults a second chance. All of my programs are public safety initiatives and I encourage everyone to take advantage of them.