The Jamaican community in Atlanta will mark Jamaica’s 48th anniversary of Independence this year, with a week-long series of activities.
Honorary Consul in Atlanta, Vin Martin
The events, being planned by The Union of Jamaica Organizations in Atlanta (UJOA), will commence on Sunday, August 1, with a Thanksgiving Service at the Hillside Presbyterian Church, commencing at 4:00 p.m.
The sermon will be delivered by Rev. Dr. Winston Lawson, Pastor of Hillside Presbyterian Church. The Prime Minister’s message will be read by Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Atlanta, Vin Martin.
The service will be moderated by Rev. Dr. Noel Erskine, Associate Professor of Theology at Emory University. The Rev. Barry Davis will coordinate the music for the evening. A reception will follow the church service.
The celebrations continue on Wednesday, August 4 with a Cultural Extravaganza at St. Timothy United Methodist Church Hall, in Stone Mountain, Atlanta, beginning at
7:00 p.m. The event organiser, Michael Thomas, promised great entertainment for all.
“This year we are on track to have even more talent on display, with performers from many different genres. It’s going to be a great show,” Mr. Thomas said. This event will begin at 6:00 p.m.
On, Friday, August 6, the anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence, the annual Festival Dance will take place at Footprints Lounge, commencing at 10:00 p.m. Patrons will be wooed with Jamaican “Oldies, but Goodies” music.
On Saturday, August 7, the Atlanta-Jamaican Association will host its annual Independence Ball and Scholarship Awards. This black tie affair will commence at
7:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, Georgia. The guest speaker will be former Prime Minister of Jamaica, The Most Hon. Edward Seaga.
Reggae singer Frankie Paul and his band will provide the entertainment. Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the AJA’s Educational Fund.
The week’s activities culminate with the Jamaica Day – Family Fun Day, on Sunday, August 8 at Exchange Park, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur. It will involve games such as sack race, lime and spoon, donut eating and dominoes and a wide assortment of Jamaican foods will be available from noon, onwards. A live band with local musical talent and a DJ will provide music for the day. This event is free.
“We may not be on the island, but we too will be celebrating Jamaica’s independence,” says Honorary Consul, Vin Martin.
“With so many Jamaicans in Metro-Atlanta, it is natural for us to come together to remember, to celebrate and enjoy the wonderful heritage of our island home. I do hope that all Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica will come out and enjoy the rich culture of Jamaica, as we unite in traditional expressions of togetherness,” Mr. Martin said.
The Union of Jamaican Organizations in Atlanta (UJOIA), an organisation of Jamaican civic and cultural organisations in Atlanta, pooled their resources to plan the week-long festivities.