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  • The ICS will honour the contributions of reggae icon Freddie McGregor by presenting him with the 2013 Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • The Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual of Caribbean or Caribbean-American descent.
  • Mr. McGregor will join seven distinguished Americans of Caribbean heritage, who are being honoured by ICS for their accomplishments.

The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) will honour the contributions of reggae icon Freddie McGregor by presenting him with the 2013 Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award.

The presentation will be made at the ICS’ 20th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) Gala to be held on Friday, November 22, at the JW Marriott in Washington D.C.

The Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual of Caribbean or Caribbean-American descent, who has been instrumental in the development or creation of an essential facet of Caribbean culture.

Across the globe, Mr. McGregor is recognised as a legend of reggae. He has been a part of the music genre at every stage of its development and has been crucial in shaping its evolution over the years.

“Each year, ICS is proud to present the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual, who epitomizes commitment and unmatched contributions to expanding awareness about Caribbean culture. Freddie McGregor meets all these criteria and much more,” said ICS President and Founder, Dr. Claire Nelson.

“As we mark our 20th year of honouring Caribbean stalwarts and emerging stars, we are honoured that Freddie will stand among our golden honorees for this year,” he added.

Mr. McGregor will join seven distinguished Americans of Caribbean heritage, who are being honoured by ICS for their accomplishments in science, art, culture, medicine and corporate stewardship.

They are: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Engineer, Camille Wardrop Alleyne, who will receive the Excellence in Science and Technology Award; Jazz Musician, Etienne Charles, who will receive the Trailblazer Award; Marine Biologist, Guy Harvey will be presented with the Luminary Award.

The other honourees are: Actor, Jimmy Jean Louis, will receive the Excellence in the Arts Award; Model/style and art consultant, Shala Monroque will accept the Vanguard Award; HIV Researcher/Pediatrician, Deborah Persuad, will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Medicine Award, while Corporate steward, Kim Watson,  will be presented with the Outstanding Community Service Award.