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Tuskegee Airmen Elect Dominican-Born President & Features Jamaican-Born Aerospace Engineer



New Tuskegee Airmen ECCTAI President, Gabriel J. Christian, and Keynote Speaker Robert Rashford Bring Caribbean Leaders to Forefront


CaribPR Wire, WASHINGTON, Thursday, June 27, 2019: On December 1, 2018, Gabriel J. Christian, Esq., became the first Caribbean-born President of the Tuskegee Airmen East Coast Chapter.

This summer, Christian led the Tuskegee Airmen by organizing and hosting a historic fundraising event which featured two prominent Caribbean nationals during its 2019 Tuskegee Youth In Aviation Breakfast Fundraiser on May 25th in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

The theme for this year’s fundraiser event was ‘Honoring the Legacy of Excellence’ as featured on CBS News (WUSA9) in Washington, D.C. The full news feature is available on CBS online at

The East Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc,. (ECCTAI), is the largest and most active chapter in the national organization and brings together — in the spirit of friendship and goodwill — all who share in the aspirations and successes of the men and women who pioneered military aviation in the Tuskegee Airmen; a group of Black military pilots who fought in World War II.

As the newly elected President of ECCTAI, Gabriel J. Christian, a native islander from The Commonwealth of Dominica, is the first Caribbean-born President to serve in this role. Keeping the legacy of his father, Wendell McKenzie Christian, who was a British Army World War II veteran.

Christian is an attorney, an author, and a long-standing and active volunteer member of ECCTAI for over a decade whilst also serving as Lead Counsel at his Bowie-based law practice: The Maryland Law Offices of Gabriel J. Christian & Associates. Having been raised by a decorated fireman father and a dutiful mother who impressed upon him the importance of civil services, Christian seeks to preserve the legacy of the proud Tuskegee Airmen. “Their successes expanded the bounds of freedom and equality for all people, at home and abroad.”

The event’s keynote speaker, Jamaican-native islander, Robert Rashford, is an internationally known aerospace engineer who makes tools for use in outer space. His wide-ranging work has earned him many awards. This includes four awards from NASA for his work on the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite and the Hubble Space Telescope. He also received an award for Excellence in Science and Technology from the Institute of Caribbean Studies.

Today, he says to young people: “Expect challenges in your life; if you have no challenges, you do not live- use each one to motivate you to achieve great things.”

Rashford’s stellar accomplishments and focus on encouraging today’s youth to challenge themselves made him the ideal choice for Keynote during the event. “At a time when space exploration is key to the survival of our species, our scholarship program helps fund activities that promote aerospace and youth leadership development, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Christian.

ECCTAI is dedicated to fostering recognition of and preserving the history of Black achievements in aviation, and to inspiring and motivating young men and women toward endeavors in aviation and aerospace careers.

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CaribNation TV News Feature of Tuskegee Airmen Youth in Aviation Event

CBS News Feature of Tuskegee Airmen

Tuskegee Airmen Photo Gallery

Tuskegee Airmen ECCTAI – President’s Message

Robert Rashford Bio

Wendell M. Christian Obituary


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Associated Press Puts Spotlight On Carib ID

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Feb. 24, 2010: Carib ID, the movement founded in 2008 by Felicia Persaud to get Caribbean nationals accurately counted in the U.S., gained a promotional shot in the arm on Wednesday as the Associated Press turned its spotlight on the organization.

Persaud has been working diligently to encourage the Caribbean communities to become accurately counted by the Census through a push for a Caribbean origin category on future census forms and a write in campaign for 2010.

For this current U.S. Census, CaribID is urging all Caribbean nationals and those with Caribbean ancestry to fill out the form and ensure they tick their race but to write their nationality or ancestry as well on the line under “some other race” on Census Forms being distributed next month.  The story has so far appeared on over 175 media outlets based on the AP syndication, including the New York Times and the LA Times, and also generated a CBS News interview.

Persaud, CEO of Hard Beat Communications, an ethnic advertising, PR and news agency, and who founded the organization in 2008 because of her frustration at being unable to tell the Caribbean American story in numbers, said the story could not come at a better time, since CaribID has been hard pressed financially to get the write in message to Caribbean nationals across the United States as Census 2010 approaches.
“Since 2008, we have been the lone voice speaking out on this issue.  We have utilized our own time and resources without a dime in funding to fight for this cause on behalf of the entire Caribbean community,” says Persaud.  “But we believe strongly that the Caribbean population in the U.S. cannot really move forward until we can accurately count ourselves, tell our spending power and determine our voting strength. Let us all take pride in our heritage by standing up and count.`

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CaribID was founded by Persaud in 2008 to call for a Caribbean origins category on the U.S. Census form and to ensure an accurate count for Caribbean nationals living in the U.S.

The organization has several partners across the country – both in media and on the organizational level. Directors include Chris Chaplin and Ann Walters.

So far the organization has secured two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives, calling for the measure in 2009. The group is a national partner of the 2010 U.S. Census and is urging all Caribbean nationals to write in their country of origin on question 9 of the Census form, while filling in their race and en sure they mail it back as soon as they receive it in their mail boxes.

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Felicia Persaud is a Caribbean-born media entrepreneur who runs the only Caribbean-focused advertising, public relations and news agency in the U.S. – Hard Beat Communications ( The company’s CaribPR Wire is part of the PR Newswire family and CaribWorldNews is the daily syndicated news service. Persaud is also a social activist, an immigration columnist and a radio host on WWRL 1600 AM.

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