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      C O M M U N I T Y  Last updated: Friday, August 1st, 2008 12:00am EST

Wide Range of Activities to Celebrate Jamaica’s Independence in Washington, Virginia and Maryland
Friday, August 1st, 2008

Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica residing in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia will celebrate Jamaica's 46th year of Independence with several events, to be hosted by Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Johnson and the Jamaican embassy in Washington, D.C.
The events will commence on Friday, August 1st with a live broadcast of the popular radio morning current affairs show Today with Beverley Anderson Manley from the studios of the Organization of American State (OAS).

Saturday, August 2 the Jamaican Association of Maryland and Baltimore will stage their Independence Ball at Martins West, Baltimore, Maryland commencing at 7:00 p.m., featuring Image Band and DJ Danny P International. On Sunday, August 3 a service of Thanksgiving will be held at the Dunbarton Chapel, Howard University School of Law, commencing at 11:00 a.m. Chief celebrant will be Rev. Dr. Neville Callam, General Secretary, Baptist World Alliance. The service will be attended by members the U.S. Congress, and Senate, members of the Diplomatic corps, Washington D.C.'s Mayor Adrian Fenty, and federal officials. Immediately following the church service, the celebration will move into high gear
with the staging of the annual Independence Sunday Market an all-day Jamaican festival on the lawns of the Organization of American States (OAS) beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Featuring arts, crafts, Jamaican food, music by Bare Essentials, Image Band, Ritchie Stephens, and MC Jerry D.

Tuesday August 5th Mrs. Beverley Anderson-Manley will launch her book: “Manley Memoirs” at 6:00 p.m. at the Embassy of Jamaica and on the 7th of August renowned Jamaican artist Michael Escoffery will state an art exhibition in The Chancery at the Jamaican Embassy commencing at 6:00 p.m.

Jamaican Nationals Association will hold its Independence Gala at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, downtown Washington, DC. On August 9th commencing at 6:30 p.m. Guest of honor will be, Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall while President of the Senate Dr. Oswald Harding will deliver the keynote address.  The Jamaica Association of Richmond Virginia will stage its all-day Carib Fest in Brown’s Island, Richmond, VA commencing at 12:00 noon.

August 17th Jamaica Association of Maryland will host an Independence Thanksgiving Service at 4:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Central Church of God.
The Independence celebration will come to a climax with the staging of the annual Jam Reggae Fest hosted by the Jamaica Association of Maryland on August 23rd at the Lake Cliffton Park, Baltimore commencing at 12:00 noon.

Commenting on the Independence activities, Ambassador Anthony Johnson said, "On behalf of all Jamaicans, we are looking forward to the opportunity to stage these events, along with our partners and friends who have helped to make Jamaica the wonderful country that it is, and worthy of such grand celebration we look forward to continuing the tradition of sharing the Jamaican spirit in the year.

Washington, D.C. /JIS
Derrick A. Scott 

                        

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