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Chicago to Kick Off Garifuna-American Heritage Month of Illinois This November


In 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, proclaimed the month of November as Garifuna-American Heritage Month in response to a petition by Garinagu Lun Awanseruni of Chicago, Inc and members of the community.

Chicago, IL, October 04, 2012 --(PR.com)-- The Board of Directors of Garinagu Lun Awanseruni of Chicago, Inc. a non-profit community organization in the state of Illinois and members of the Garifuna immigrant community in the city of Chicago are beginning to prepare to celebrate Garifuna-American Heritage Month in the state of Illinois on Saturday November 3, 2012 at Chicago’s internationally known dining establishment, Garifuna Flava Restaurant, located at 2518 W. 63rd St, Chicago, IL. The opening Ceremony for Garifuna Heritage Month will begin at 7PM.

Garifuna Settlement is the celebration of the arrival of the Garifuna people to Belize, Guatemala and Nicaragua beginning in November 1802 after reaching shores in Honduras on April 12, 1797 after being exiled due to their resistance of British colonization. The country of Belize, after being petitioned by community organizer, Thomas Vincent Ramos in 1942, proclaimed November 19 as “Garifuna Settlement” a holiday in the country. In the United States, the city of Los Angeles first began the celebrations in the 1960’s and is now an national celebration of pride, culture and identity of this community.

The opening ceremony of Garifuna-American Heritage Month in the state of Illinois will feature cultural presentations, traditional Garifuna dancing, food guest speakers and delegations arriving from around the country, including New York and Texas.

In 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, proclaimed the month of November as Garifuna-American Heritage Month in response to a petition by Garinagu Lun Awanseruni of Chicago, Inc and members of the community.

What: Opening Ceremony of Garifuna-American Heritage Month of Illinois
Where: Garifuna Flava Restaurant - located at 2518 W. 63rd St, Chicago, IL
When: Saturday November 3rd, 2012
Time: Ceremony starts at 7PM
Contact: Fideles Nunez - 773 895 3223 or info@garifunagroupofchicago.org
Visit: www.garifunagroupofchicago.org

About Garifuna Flava

Garifuna Flava is an exciting new restaurant on Chicago's southwest side. Named after the Garifuna (pronounced ga -RI-foo-nah) people of Central America, Garifuna Flava brings you the best in Caribbean, Latin & indigenous Garifuna cuisine. Flava features Caribbean favorites such as Red Snapper, Ox -Tail & Conch Soup, as well as Belizean staples Panades, Garnaches, Tamales, Conch Fritters & more. Also featured is a full bar, as well as a Banquet Hall available for private events. Come enjoy a meal at Garifuna Flava and, while you're at it, learn about this rich Caribbean culture.

About Garifuna Settlement

Garifuna Settlement was first celebrated in the streets of Los Angeles in the 1960’s to continue the traditions of Garifuna Settlement Holiday in Belize. Today, Garifuna Settlement is not just an American celebration but a subject of cultural pride and identity in the United States.

Proclamations & Recognitions

In 1991 former NYC Mayor David Dinkins was the first elected Executive to issue a proclamation honoring Garifuna Settlement. Today Governors, Mayors, State Legislatures and members of Congress have issued proclamations of these celebrations in their respective cities and states.
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Garinagu Lun Awanseruni of Chicago, Inc.
Fidelis Nunez
773-895-3223
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www.garifunagroupofchicago.org

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