Congresswoman Wilson's Statement on Bahamian Independence DayTuesday July 10, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) issued the following statement on Bahamian Independence Day:
“Today, July 10, 2012, we celebrate Bahamian Independence day. As the descendant of Bahamians, I know firsthand the island nation’s rich culture and proud history. Under British rule for more than 325 years, the struggle for independence was not marked by violence, but by a diligence and persistence that has come to define the Bahamas.
“With a significant Bahamian population in South Florida, including my district, we have been blessed to share in their vibrant culture. From the annual Goombay Festival to the Bahamian cultural celebration being held in West Park this weekend, Bahamians continue to leave their footprints. From Sidney Poitier to Rick Fox, people of Bahamian descent have had a significant impact in the lives of many. I wish all my constituents from the Bahamas and of Bahamian descent a happy Independence Day.”
Rep. Frederica S. Wilson is a first-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward Counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school.