Dia Di Kabuverdianus Na Boston
This week, the Council adopted a resolution recognizing July 5th as Dia Di Kabuverdianus Na Boston also known as "Boston Cabo Verdean's Day.”
On July 5th, 1975, after years of struggle against Portuguese colonialism by the heroic likes of Amilcar Cabral, Titina Silia, Francisca Pereira, and many others, Cabo Verde became an independent nation, with Aristides Pereira as first president and Pedro Pires as initial prime minister.
Cabo Verde, one of several West African nations to engage in a struggle for national liberation and independence, has played an influential role in Africa’s modern struggle for freedom and liberation.
Boston is home to one of the largest Cabo Verdean communities in the United States, and nearly 1⁄4 of all Cabo Verdean Americans live in the state of Massachusetts. There are over 40,000 Cabo Verdeans in Boston, with about 65,000 throughout the Commonwealth. Cabo Verdeans exercise a powerful influence and presence in Boston, with their food, music, language, art, and people contributing greatly to our city.
“The end goal is not to take away anything from any group that is so recognized, but rather to state firmly that our Cabo Verdean community, of which I am a proud member, is equally deserving of being acknowledged. We have been here for generations. We have worked hard and humbly, often under difficult circumstances and for inadequate pay. We have raised our families, paid our taxes, bought and rented homes, right here in this city, by the thousands,” said Councilor Fernandes Anderson.