The Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards were instituted in 1994 by the Institute of Caribbean Studies in order to demonstrate the contributions that Caribbean immigrants make to the USA. Also honored from time to time are Friends of the Caribbean whose work contributes to the wellbeing and welfare of the Caribbean people. CARAH held their 24th annual “Caribbean American Heritage Gala,” held at in Washington D.C. Hundreds of guests enjoyed a buffet style dinner, dancing and remarks from former Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll. CARAH has awarded over fifty distinguished individuals including: Earl Graves Sr., Publisher of Black Enterprise, of Barbadian heritage; Cicely Tyson, who is of Nevisian heritage; Ambassador the Hon. Andrew Young; Congresswoman Barbara Lee; Dumas Simeus, Haitian American entrepreneur and philanthropist; Jimmy Cliff, Reggae Legend; and Hon. Eric Holder, Attorney General of the US, who is Barbadian heritage. Shown right is Jennifer Carroll proudly holding her CARAH Trail Blazer award and below Carroll is pictured with Ambassador Phillips-Spence, Dr Claire Nelson and Mr Bevil Wooding.