SCOTCH PLAINS, New Jersey – This November marks four years since the hardworking West Indian American Congresswoman Yvette Clarke was elected to represent the 11th Congressional District in Brooklyn with its Caribbean-American and other diverse constituents.
Caribbean people at home and abroad often forget the accomplishments of its nationals in faraway lands, but this West Indian-American not only champions the cause of those who she represents in the hallowed halls of the US Congress but she also gives voice to the interests and concerns of America’s “Third Border” from the US capital.
Yvette Clarke, born of Jamaican parents, has continued the district’s legacy of excellence set by the late Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman and Caribbean-American elected to Congress. As an activist, a community organizer and as a legislator, Congresswoman Clarke’s boldness, compassion and love for humanity have allowed her to become an effective leader and an outspoken advocate of numerous issues of great importance to her constituents.
Congresswoman Clarke was elected to Congress in November 2006 and represents residents of Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn Heights, Sunset Park, Carroll Gardens, Kensington, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Prospect Park. Prior to her election to the US House of Representatives, she served on the New York City Council representing the 40th District in Brooklyn.
She succeeded her pioneering mother, former City Council Member Una Clarke, making them the first mother-daughter succession in the history of the Council.
For delivering time upon time for her community, this forthright and authentic voice of Brooklyn and the Caribbean, has earned the recognition of “West Indian of the Week.”
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