J’cans across the US celebrate island’s 57th Anniversary of Independence

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, addresses the large congregation at the 2018 Independence Service of Thanksgiving, at the Howard University School of Divinity’s Dumbarton Chapel in Washington, DC.

The 57th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence is in the spotlight with Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica celebrating across the United States the island’s milestone of gaining independence from Britain on August 6, 1962.

For the Jamaicans residing in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia, several Jamaica Independence events will be held, endorsed by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks.

This coming Saturday, August 3, the Jamaican Association of Maryland (JAM) will stage its Independence Ball, at Martins West Conference Center in Baltimore, under the patronage of Ambassador Marks, who will deliver the keynote address.

JAM will also honour CEO and founder of Team Jamaica Bickle, Irwine Clare, who will receive the Marcus Garvey Award, while the Community Service award will be shared by Karl Malcolm and Andrew Lawrence. On August 29, JAM will host its annual Independence church service at the Baltimore Missionary Church. 

Meanwhile, on Sunday, August 4, the Embassy of Jamaica will host the annual Independence Service of Thanksgiving, commencing at 11:00 am at the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington DC.  The Ambassador will deliver the Prime Minister’s message while Boulevard Baptist Church pastor and immediate past president of the Jamaica Baptist Union, Rev Dr Devon Dick, will deliver the message while Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity, Dr Bertram Melbourne, will moderate.

Jamaicans at the service will be joined by, among others, members of the US Congress, the diplomatic corps, and representatives of various Jamaican organisations. 

Meanwhile, the Embassy & Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the Organisation of American States (OAS) will be participating in an Art Exhibition from August 5 to 9, part of the OAS’ 2019 Inter-American Week for Indigenous Persons. Art work from Jamaican artists Paul Blackwood, Courtney Morgan, and Lionel Roberts will be on display. A public forum will be held on Thursday, August 8 at 2:00 pm  in the Hall of the Americas at the OAS.