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  • Activities marking Jamaica’s 52nd Independence anniversary, are slated to be held in the United States capital, Washington, D.C., between August 3 and 15, by several Jamaican organizations based in that city.
  • Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, will lead the Embassy of Jamaica’s participation in several of the engagements.
  • The activities kick off on Sunday, August 3, with the annual Thanksgiving Service at Dumbarton Chapel, Howard University School of Law, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Activities marking Jamaica’s 52nd Independence anniversary, are slated to be held in the United States capital, Washington, D.C., between August 3 and 15, by several Jamaican organizations based in that city.

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, will lead the Embassy of Jamaica’s participation in several of the engagements.

The activities kick off on Sunday, August 3, with the annual Thanksgiving Service at Dumbarton Chapel, Howard University School of Law, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Guest preacher will be Professor of Ethics and Theology at Emory University, Dr. Noel Erskine.

Ambassador Vasciannie will extend the official welcome and deliver Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller’s Independence message during the service.  A community reception will follow immediately after.

On August 4, Jamaica’s Poet Laureate, Professor Mervin Morris, will present a special lecture focusing on Jamaica’s First Lady of Comedy, the late Louise Bennett Coverley, at the Embassy, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On Independence Day, Wednesday, August 6, foremost Jamaican vocalist, Beres Hammond, will perform at a special concert at the Howard University theatre, slated for 8:00 p.m.

The Jamaica Nationals Association (JNA) will stage its annual Independence Gala and Awards ceremony on Saturday, August 9, at Martin’s West ballroom in Baltimore, Maryland, stating at 8:00 p.m. Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States will deliver the keynote address.

On Sunday, August 10, the JNA will stage its Thanksgiving Service, to also mark Jamaica’s Independence, at the Baltimore Central New Testament Church of God at 5:00 p.m. Guest speaker will be Rev. Stanley Murray.

The curtains will come down on the activities on Saturday, August 15, when the JNA host its Independence dance at the Silver Spring Civic Center beginning at 8:00 p.m.