Celebrations Will Help Jamaicans to Appreciate Their History – Culture Minister

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  • Jamaicans will develop a deeper appreciation for their history after the celebrations
  • Jamaicans are committed to protect, preserve and invest in the country’s culture
  • Independence activities will expose the historical journey to youths

Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says Jamaicans will develop a deeper appreciation for their history, after experiencing the Emancipation and Independence celebrations.

Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, held at the agency’s head office in Kingston, the Minister said that Jamaicans are committed to protect, preserve and invest in the country’s culture.

She added that Independence activities serve to celebrate milestones in Jamaica’s history and to expose the historical journey to youths.

“We [Ministry of Youth and Culture] feel that it is important to celebrate anniversaries about who we are as a people and to expose that journey to young people,” she said.

The Minister noted that other cultures infiltrate the Jamaican identity and it is vital that the Emancipation and Independence period reflects the country’s history. She emphasized that “Independence must mean something to Jamaicans.”

Meanwhile, Music Specialist at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and Grand Gala Producer, Gregory Simms, said it is important for Jamaicans to know their history because “history is strength.”

Mr. Simms said that the Grand Gala, to be held at the National Stadium on August 6, will highlight the reasons Jamaicans should be proud of their history.

“This administration shapes the Grand Gala as entertainment, with moments to educate and inspire. We are very careful in how we think, plan and execute duties that must reflect a national good and the vision we have for the future,” he said.

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