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Bronx, NY - On Thursday, March 7, 2024, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm., Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson joined Author Jose Francisco Aviles and The Garifuna Coalition, USA, Inc. for an evening celebrating Garifuna culture, tradition, and music in the Rotunda of Bronx Borough Hall.

The Garifuna people are the descendants of an Afro-indigenous population from the Caribbean Island of St. Vincent. Forced to flee in the 18th century, they settled along the Atlantic coast of Central America in the countries of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize, and Honduras where many continue to live today. In the 20th century, many began to migrate to the United States and settle in the Bronx, home to the largest Garifuna in the United States.