Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica residing in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia will celebrate Jamaica’s 48th year of Independence with several events hosted by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks.
Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks
These events will commence on Sunday, August 1, Emancipation Day, with a service of Thanksgiving at the Dunbarton Chapel, Howard University School of Law, commencing at 11:00 a.m.
The chief celebrant will be the Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert McLean Thompson, Suffragan Bishop of Kingston, Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands while Dean of the School of Divinity, Howard University, the Rev. Dr. Bertram Melbourne, will be moderator.
Ambassador Marks will give the official welcome, as well as deliver Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding’s Independence message at the service. Members of the U.S. Congress and Senate, the Diplomatic Corps, Washington D.C.’s Mayor, Adrian Fenty, and federal officials are expected to attend.
August 3 to 5, the Embassy will stage an “Open House” between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily. The event will provide an opportunity for members of the public to meet the new Ambassador and other members of staff. The event will showcase the activities of the Embassy, as well as promote various aspects of Jamaica’s culture.
On Saturday, August 14, the Jamaican Association of Maryland and Baltimore will stage their Independence Ball, under the distinguished patronage of Ambassador Marks, at the Martins West Conference Center, Baltimore, Maryland, commencing at 7:00 p.m.
The Marcus Garvey Award for outstanding community service will be presented to Dr. Athol Morgan, Doreen Forest and Tyrone Tabron. Patrons will dance to the music of the Image Band and D.J. Danny P International.
On August 29, the Jamaica Association of Maryland will host an Independence Thanksgiving Service. The Rev. Stanley Murray will deliver the sermon.
In commenting on the Independence activities, Ambassador Marks said that all Jamaicans are looking forward to the opportunity to stage these events, along with partners and friends “who have helped to make Jamaica the wonderful country that it is, and worthy of such grand celebration.”
“We look forward to continuing the tradition of sharing the Jamaican spirit,” she stated.