About Us

West Indian immigrants came to Detroit in a comparatively small but continual stream during the interwar years (Between World War I and II). By 1930, immigrants from the Caribbean had settled in Michigan, and comprised roughly 1.9 percent of the African American population. To fill needs of loneliness, homesickness, to hear and dance to the sounds of calypso and reggae music, to play cricket, soccer and eat the sumptuous array of spicy dishes from our homeland, we were forced to focus on ethnic identity. This led to the formation of an organization in the Detroit Metropolitan area in the 1920s called variously the West Indian Social League, the Michigan Cricket Club and currently, the West Indian American Association (WIAA). The WIAA was reorganized in 1969 and purchased a building which is used as its Headquarters at 2015 East Seven Mile Road in the city of Detroit. That building houses a Rental Hall and a Club Room for the use of its members.

The Association continues its mission of fostering cultural exchanges between the people of the Caribbean and the United States of America, providing scholarships to students attending institutions of higher learning, while serving the community at large through various avenues including the Red Cross. Additionally, “The Club” as it is affectionately called, serves as a place that provides an ambiance for camaraderie, entertainment and friendship for its members and supporters.


Executive Board Members

Executives Board

FRONT ROW: LEFT TO RIGHT

Mrs. Deserene Clarke - Corresponding Secretary

Ms. Marie Robinson - Parliamentarian

Mrs. Maeve Cook - Recording Secretary

Ms. Veita Dennis - President

Mrs. Marcia Foster - Financial Secretary

Ms. Theresa Lewis - Board Member

Mrs. Michelle Lawrence - Board Member


MIDDLE ROW: LEFT TO RIGHT

Mr. Dave Gilead - Entertainment Chairperson

Mr. Valentine Samuels - Treasurer

Mr. Winston Burke - Board Member

Bishop Leonard Clarke - Board Member & Chaplain

Mr. Richard Williams - Vice President


BACK ROW: LEFT TO RIGHT

Mr. Anthony Reynolds - Building Manager

Mrs. Winfred Gayle - Ladies Auxilliary President

Mrs. Sonya Harris - Board Member





WEST INDIAN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

AN INVITATION FOR MEMBERSHIP


All persons of good character are eligible for membership.


Benefits


  • Free access to clubroom activities
  • Free usage of clubroom fr non-fundraising activities
  • 25% discount n hall rental for non-fundraising activities
  • Monthly Birth Night Celebration party, 4th Friday of each month
  • Recognition of members for outstanding service and to citizens at large for Community service
  • Scholarship Awards
  • Christmas Party for members and their guests
  • Cultural & Games Night
  • Domino Tournament
  • Ladies Auxiliaries Activities
  • Member of Caribbean Cultural and Carnival Organization (CCCO)
  • Member of National Association of Jamaica & Supportive Organizations (NAJASO)