CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Aug. 12, 2009: Eight Jamaican New Yorkers along with a top Jamaican-owned business will be honored today at City Hall.
The New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Christine Quinn, will host its annual Jamaican Independence Day Celebration at City Hall today, Wednesday, August 19.
This year`s celebration- co-sponsored by New York City Council Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie and Council Members Dr. Kendall Stewart, Larry Seabrook, Letitia James and Mathieu Eugene will observe the Caribbean nation`s 47th anniversary of independence by paying tribute to the contributions of Jamaican immigrants to the U.S. and by honoring Jamaican-Americans in the New York City.
The celebration will take place in the Council Chambers of City Hall from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
This much-anticipated cultural gala will feature presentations of City Council proclamations to several distinguished New Yorkers of Jamaican heritage who have achieved success in various professional and artistic fields. This year`s honorees include Lloyd Chung, director of music for the annual religious celebration of independence, sponsored by the Jamaican Consulate, at many major churches in the New York Metropolitan area; Sophia Cohall, the `First Lady` of the Lenox Road Baptist Church, Brooklyn, where her husband, the Reverend Dr. Kirkpatrick G. Cohall is the senior pastor and Charissa Fernandez, Chief operating officer at The After-School Corporation since 2005.
The others are: Leonie Logan, Block President of the East 40th Street Progressive Block Association in the Flatbush-Midwood section of Brooklyn; Kenny Lewis, owner of two Subway franchises in the Jamaica, Queens community; Patricia Reddock, president of the 67th Precinct Community Council and chairperson of Community Board 17`s youth services planning committee; Michele Rodney, a practicing attorney and Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Monroe College in the Bronx, the second largest Criminal Justice program in New York City and Dr. Keith Elijah Thompson, founder and pastor of Bronx Miracle Gospel Tabernacle Inc.
Additionally, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, will be honored.
The Consul General of Jamaica, Mrs. Geneive Brown Metzger, will be on hand to deliver remarks and to bestow honorary citizenship to a surprise guest while this year`s master of ceremonies will be Irwine G. Clare Sr., the co-founder and managing director of the Queens-based Caribbean Immigrant Services.
To attend the ceremony, you call the City Hall RSVP voicemail at (212) 788-6687 or email [email protected].