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The Consulate General in New York in the United States of America (USA), will stage a series of events to celebrate National Heritage Week, being observed in Jamaica from October 12 to October 20.
The series, dubbed Heritage Fest 2008, will include two events, an Arts and ‘Edu-cultural’ presentation on October 16, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Consulate General, 767 Third Avenue, Manhattan, and a Flag-raising ceremony, on October 20, starting at 12:30 p.m. at the Bowling Green Plaza (Broadway & Beaver Streets), at the Financial District in Lower Manhattan.
The symbolic Flag-raising ceremony, will climax the celebration of Jamaica’s rich history and culture, through the words and deed of the island’s seven National Heroes and Heroine.
Jamaicans at home and overseas will observe Monday, October 20, as National Heroes Day, a public holiday, when the country will honour 128 outstanding nationals, who have made significant contribution to nation building, at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony, to be held at King’s House.
This year’s list of awardees include two persons from the Northeast USA, who will receive the Order of Distinction (OD). They are: Rev. Dr. Horace Russell of Philadelphia, an outstanding Baptist Minister, historian and former President of the Jamaica Baptist Union; and the late Amir Mohammed Abdul-Akbar, Founder/Executive Director of the Caribbean American Programme for Empowerment (CAPE), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).
Consul-General, Geneive Brown Metzger, who is patron of the celebrations, told JIS News, that Heritage Fest 2008, would open with “a programme of spoken words and performances celebrating our heritage and involving our youth.”
She said the event would profile the seven National Heroes and Heroine, with readings by student leaders and a presentation by, former Provost at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, Dr. Basil Wilson.
The events will be presented in collaboration with the Union of Jamaica Alumni Associations (UJAA) and the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board of the North East USA.