Author: Institute of Caribbean Studies | Date: 12 May 2017
With Arizona being a frontline state in the war on illegal immigration, Robert Cumberbatch an immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago has pledged to be the voice of the Caribbean American community in the state.
A well respected community organizer, Cumberbatch, who is the Co-Founder of the Arizona Caribbean Cultural Association, and who was among the leaders that pioneered the Phoenix Caribbean style Carnival, has taken up the challenge to initiate Arizona as the newest member of the alliance of community leaders determined to ensure commemoration of June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month across in every major city of the Union.
"Once I found out that June was National Caribbean American Heritage Month last year, I decided that I would take it upon myself to bring a new vision of our role in America to the fore here in Arizona. It is true that Phoenix is no Atlanta in terms of numbers. Nonetheless, we are here in sufficient numbers to make our presence known in a Carnival. And if we can play mas, then surely we can play politics which to my mind is more crucial to our way of life", stated Cumberbatch.
"Our plans for June 5-10th are to set the bar for celebrations in the years to come."