Corporate attorney and former boxer Venroy July was the featured speaker at the SEC’s 2019 celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month. The June 13 event was hosted by the Caribbean American Heritage Committee and open to all SEC employees.

July, a partner at Miles Stockbridge P.C. specializing in U.S. securities law, joked that he always thought he’d join the SEC one day. He then spoke of his childhood in Jamaica, where he grew up in a strong community whose residents worked together to improve their town. He took this spirit of community with him when his family moved to the U.S. when he was 11 years old. July described the sense of expectation and discipline that drove his academic achievements and attributed his later success to this hard work, as well as the inspirational examples that he was surrounded by at his boarding school and college. He also acknowledged the role that his mother played in inspiring him by teaching him the value of sacrifice and embodying the spirit of the Caribbean experience in the U.S.

Caribbean American Month speaker Venroy July

Venroy July speaking at the SEC’s 2019 Caribbean American Heritage Month

Caribbean American Month Speaker accepting certificate

Caribbean American Heritage Committee (CAHC) Chair Harvey Persaud presenting a certificate of appreciation to Venroy July

Despite his many academic and athletic accomplishments, July told the audience that he is most proud of the philanthropic work he had done with African American communities in Baltimore, drawing on his appreciation of communities acting as a force for good and the importance of providing inspirational examples to young people.

Following Mr. July’s speech, Caribbean American Heritage Committee members gave participants a taste of Caribbean cooking, with chicken and goat curries, curried chickpeas (chana), beef patties, plantains, callaloo, rum cake and other treats.

Caribbean American Heritage Month is a presidentially recognized observance celebrating the contributions of Caribbean Americans to American politics, leadership and entertainment.

Caribbean American Month Speaker Venroy July talking with guest

Caribbean American Month food

Buffet featuring Caribbean foods

Caribbean American committee with Speaker Venroy July

CAHC members Candice Bruno and Harvey Persaud with Venroy July