St. Vincent and the Grenadines Independence spotlight: David Phillips

As the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora around the world celebrates 36 years of independence this week, 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 to talk about what makes them proud Vincentian-Americans.

Birthplace: Fountain, St. Vincent.

Lives in: Coral Springs

Moved to FL: 1977

What he wishes you knew about SVG: The lawyer and history buff finds the history of St. Vincent and the Grenadines fascinating, whether the rich legacy of the Garifuna people who long kept colonization and at bay, or the country’s unique botanical history. “The first breadfruit tree planted in the Western hemisphere was planted in St. Vincent by Captain Bligh of the HMS Bounty,” says David. “That tree still stands in the Botanic Gardens near Kingstown.”

Most cherished memory of home: David most misses the Christmas season’s tradition of “Nine Morning Walks” – the “nine mornings before Christmas when most people, young and old will go for a very early morning walk. Some will go for a sea bath, others caroling. It’s supposed to make you healthy for the New Year. What a treat it was to see the village band go caroling through the night.”

Why he’s a proud Vincentian-American: “As a proud Vincentian in South Florida, it means I have been able to work hard and accomplish success,” says David. “And that we can inspire our children to realize their dreams and keep our Caribbean spirit alive.”


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