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In June 2005, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution designating the month of June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month. The resolution was then passed by the Senate on February 14, 2006, and the White House has annually proclaimed June as a time to celebrate Caribbean American Heritage. From political figures, such the former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, to scientists such as Juan Carlos Finlay, who discovered Yellow Fever was transmitted by the Stegomyia aegypti mosquito, to writers such as John Russwurm, the first black editor of a U.S. newspaper and one of the first three blacks to graduate from a U.S. college, all have direct and/or indirect ties to the Caribbean islands and all have made lasting effects and influence on American culture and history. To learn more about Caribbean American Heritage Month, please visit this website.