First Annual Forget Columbus Day (FCD) Fundraiser

The Caribbean Community Service Center (CCSC) held its First Annual Forget Columbus Day Event on
Saturday, October 13, 2018. At the event, CCSC honored Detroit Council Member Raquel Castañeda López with a FCD Community Advocacy Award for securing Detroit City Council approval in 2017 of a resolution that replaced Columbus Day as a holiday with Indigenous People’s Day. The Columbus Day Holiday, created in 1937, overlooked the brutality and harm inflicted on Indigenous populations while it glorified the conquest and hubris of the explorers.

Ricky Brown of Kettering University received a FCD Educational Development Award for his support of Caribbean students who enrolled in Kettering’s Office of Multicultural Students programs. Kettering University hosts a contingent of Caribbean students each year who participate in a five-week AIM (Academically Interested Minds) program. Several Caribbean students also win scholarships for STEM-related programs each year.

CCSC recognized several Kettering alumni for their support of the AIM program including Tevita Skinner-Jack, Jhernell Johnson, Kemoy Smith and Locksley Wallace.

The event was held at the home of CCSC Board Member Robert Shimkoski. CCSC Executive Director Sophia Chue provided an overview of CCSC’s activities for the group. Aaron Parrott, steelpan drummer extraordinaire, played several tunes including a stirring rendition of “The Hammer” by David Rudder. The Event raised over $1500 in order to provide school supplies for Marantha Basic School and Boundbrook Infant School in Jamaica.

CCSC would like to thank all who attended and all those who made contributions to the event including Margareth Corkery and Shirley Alce Konate from the Detroit Haitian Network Group.