St. Kitts & Nevis Independence Spotlight: Elvis “Charles” James Sr.

As St. Kitts and Nevis celebrates 32 years of independence, The National Weekly sheds a spotlight on the many ways the Diaspora has enriched South Florida. Honoring this independence spirit, we spoke with members of the community in South Florida to talk about what makes them proud Kittians and Nevisians in America.

Born in: Basseterre, St. Kitts

Lives in: Miami

Moved to FL: 1990

Life’s Passion: As secretary of the St. Kitts and Nevis Association of Florida, Elvis most loves “seeing our people come together for the betterment of all,” particularly at the Association’s annual Dinner and Ball (set for this Saturday at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel). This special event lets the community “look at the overall picture and focus on putting aside political views and personal gains.” Elvis says the association is committed to “assisting persons both here in South Florida and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.”

Miss most about home: Though grateful for the opportunities in America, Elvis misses the pace of life. “Living in St. Kitts is less hectic. Having a population of 53,000 makes it possible to know almost everyone – and everyone already knows you, especially if you’re a ‘liming’ person.”

Love most about the Diaspora: Elvis cherishes the close intimacy and support of the Diaspora community in Florida, particularly following the loss of his beloved wife who passed away in 2008. The home they shared, says Elvis, “was called St. Kitts’ Miami embassy” – always open to compatriots looking for a few welcoming friends and warm laughter.

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