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Three Jamaicans Awarded by the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC – Three Jamaicans were among nine Caribbean Nationals who were honoured by the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) in Washington DC, for their contribution to various fields, ranging from music and Education to Science and Technology.

Honorees

Leader of Jamaica’s renowned grammy award winning group, Black Uhuru, Derrick “Duckie” Simpson received the Marcus Garvey lifetime achievement award. While the founder and CEO of Bailey’s Medical Supplies Dr. Trisha  Bailey received the Luminary award. The Chief Visionary Officer and Lead Innovator of the aerospace company, Paragon VTOL, Dwight Smith received the  Forerunner Award.

They were honoured at the 29th annual C,aribbean American Awards Gala sponsored by the ICS on Friday November 18 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC.

Congratulatory Message Vice-President Kamala Harris

In commending the awardees, United States Vice President Kamala Harris, in a message read by Advisor, Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the Vice President, Danielle K Decker,  said Since 1993, the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) has worked tirelessly to uplift the voices and needs of Caribbean Americans and immigrants.

Danielle K Decker
The Advisor in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the Vice President, Danielle K Decker, delivers remarks from US Vice President Kamala Harris at the 29th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington DC. (Photo Derrick A Scott)

“Thanks to you and your work, including your efforts to elevate Caribbean American Heritage Month and advance civic participation, ICS continues to strengthen communities and democracy,” the Vice President said.

She said the Biden/Harris Administration was “proud to forge the next chapter in the special and enduring relationship between the United States and the Caribbean region, one based on common bonds, shared values, and generations of families who have called our nation home.”

“As Vice President of the United States, and as someone deeply proud of my own Caribbean heritage, I thank you for all that you do to strengthen our Nation.  And to tonight’s honorees, thank you for proving once again that through big dreams, hard work, and unwavering optimism, we can secure a future filled with opportunity and prosperity for us all,” Vice President Harris declared.

Ideals of Excellence

In her remarks, President and founder of the Institute of Caribbean Studies Dr. Clarte Nelson, said through the Caribbean Heritage award, we highlight leaders who represent the ideals of Excellence. Plus, whose genuine and hard work demonstrate the American success story as a nation of immigrants.

As we go forward, we see ourselves as a vital thread in the network of relationships needed to weave a successful tapestry in the 21st century Caribbean. Tonight, we honour those among us who gave credence to the saying that the light of God lives within each of us. Our honorees are beacons of hope, exemplars of the indomitable spirit of the Caribbean as we see their light, we reflect on our own potential to become more.

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Leader of Jamaica’s Reggae Grammy Award Winning group Black Uhuru Derrick ‘Duckie’ Simpson accepts the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award from an official of the Jamaican Embassy Mrs Gloria Davis-Simpson. (Photo Derrick A Scott)

Marcus Garvey Award

In his response to his award, Black Uhuru’s Duckie Simpson said I have received many awards including Grammy. Every award means something to me. But, receiving the Marcus Garvey’s award is something special to me. It represents an outstanding Jamaican who has lobbied and fought on behalf of the masses.”

The other awardees include Eric Adolphe, Professor Carol Davis, Josanne Francis, Ainsley Gill, Biharil Lall and Stacey Mollison.

Caribbean American Heritage Awardees
Caribbean American Heritage Awardees from Left: Ainsley Gill, Derrick ‘Duckie’ Simpson, President of the Caribbean Institute Dr. Clare Nelson, Stacey Mollison, Dwight Smith, Josanne Francis, Professor Carol Davis and Biharil Lall, display their awards at the 29th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington DC. (Photo Derrick A Scott)

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