Generational Gateways presents. . .

" Defining Success in the West Indian Community "

You're Invited to Generational Gateway's 2013 Kickoff DIscussion Series

When the first wave of West Indians immigrated to the United States in the late 1930s they were faced with both opportunity and financial hardship. Largely misunderstood by White America, they focused their efforts on raising children who would become the future doctors, lawyers and politicians - as emblems of their success in a new landscape. Now, nearly 80 years later the concept of success has been evolved due to adaptation and strategic understanding of a changing American culture and job market. While the concept of success is still firmly rooted in financial independence, it has taken on other westernized nuances. Throughout our conversation we hope to pose the following question: How has the concept of success and financial independence changed in the West Indian Community and what threads or connections, if you will, tie the present to the past generations?

This discussion is sponsored by Generational Gateways, which is a community group dedicated to inter-generational conversations between first, second and third generation West Indians. The group will kick off its 1st annual discussion series with its group of Greater Hartford community members. We hope you will join us to have a thought-provoking discussion on race, immigration and the concept of success.

. . . And please come with your own burning questions! This is the perfect venue to bring the conversation that have taken place in isolation, into a space where multiple perspectives can be heard.

RSVPs are welcomed but not necessary

Friday, July 19th 2013 at 6pm

70 Vernon St

Hartford, CT

All ages welcomed -- children, families, the young and the young at heart!

Come for an exciting forum and discussion!

Contact Info:
Edie N. Tinker
(860) 335 - 0633


  • 6:00 - 6:30 -- Mingling and light refreshments
  • 6:30 - 6:45 -- Opening Remarks by Edie Tinker
  • 6:45 -- 7:00 -- Beginning of questions and discussion (Moderated by Lori Reynolds & Edie Tinker)