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Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Dr. Basil K. Bryan and a number of high ranking New York City (NYC) lawmakers on Monday (August 8) joined forces to pay tribute to a cross-section of Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica whose resilience and determination have carried them to the top of their respective professions.
The 14 upstanding “Jamericans” were the centre of attention at the annual City Hall celebrations marking the 43rd Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence.
In paying tribute to the honourees, Dr. Bryan noted a number of Jamaicans such as Spelling Bee champion, Jody-Ann Maxwell, men’s 100 metres world record holder, Asafa Powell, national football team ‘Reggae Boyz’, Marcus Garvey, and reggae legend Bob Marley, among others, whom he said was synonymous with the Jamaican spirit of perseverance and resourcefulness.
“Our music, culture, entrepreneurial spirit and achievements in sports and other fields of endeavour, continue to be the hallmark of our people,” Dr. Bryan said.
Among the many highlights of the evening, which drew an appreciative audience were the recognition of an initiative aimed at stemming inner city violence among teenaged youth by the Jamaican parents and family of Christopher Rose, who lost his life in Brooklyn earlier this year.
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