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Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Burchell Whiteman, has said that the commemoration of the bicentennial anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic trade in Africans, must serve to inspire the descendants to greater levels of achievement and excellence.
“The commemoration must have as an objective, the leaving of a legacy, which makes a difference to our lives here in Britain and in other parts of the world,” Mr. Whiteman said at a recent meeting with the Jamaican community in Manchester, England.
“All that is done under this umbrella must be designed to ensure that as Jamaicans, as Caribbean people, as proud members of the human race, we reaffirm our common humanity, strengthen in ourselves the sense of pride in challenges overcome and chart a course for the future in which we increase the opportunities for self-fulfillment and the achievement of excellence,” he added.
He commended the Jamaicans for their commitment to the Diaspora movement and involvement in the British political process.
“All this augurs well for your ability to intensify your advocacy and lobbying efforts .in addressing issues which impact on the Jamaican community, the Caribbean people in general, and other minority or under-represented groups in the society, which whom you may make common cause,” the High Commissioner said.He pointed out that Jamaicans have always demonstrated leadership and exerted influence with a confidence and effectiveness well beyond what would be expected from a country of its size.
“This has been so from the days of pre-independence when Norman Manley, as premier, took the decision to ban trade with apartheid South Africa. It continued with a young, new Prime Minister Hugh Shearer, moving in the United Nations that 1968 should be declared the International Year for Human Rights. These facts and many others must continue to inspire you and your children and your grandchildren through time,” High Commissioner Whiteman said.