Minister Bartlett extended the invitation to the actress who was unable to attend to accept her award in person at the Jamaica Independence Black Tie Gala held at the Hilton Westchester hotel in Rye, New York on August, Saturday 10, 2019. The invitation was conveyed through her parents Mr. Earl and Dr. Valerie Washington who accepted the award on her behalf.
The Tourism Minister told the audience of over 500 guests that Jamaica was very proud of Kerry Washington and wanted to extend an invitation to her and her family to visit Jamaica, as a gesture of goodwill and a statement of our appreciation for the way in which she has helped to build and strengthen Jamaica’s relationship and image abroad.
“Tonight, we extend a special invitation to Kerry Washington who is the daughter of a Jamaican. Ms. Washington has excelled as an outstanding actress and a great example of achievement from the Jamaican Diaspora”. Minister Bartlett said that through Kerry’s trailblazing actress endeavors, she has made a significant contribution to not only tourism in Jamaica but by extension brand Jamaica.
Minister Bartlett lauded the actress for the contribution she has made as part of the Jamaican Diaspora which has helped to propel and promote Jamaica not only in the United States but globally.
In a message read by her Jamaica born mother, Dr. Valerie Washington, the actress expressed how proud she was of her Jamaican roots. “I bow down to my heritage, my history and my belonging”, she said. “We celebrate all the goodness, birthed by this island. We celebrate you and we celebrate me, and we celebrate our powerful and beautiful island. I am so proud to be Jamaican.” Kerry noted how much she appreciated the award and was humbled to have been chosen for such high recognition.
In addition to Ms. Washington who was honored with the Artistic Achievement Award, Jamaican Olympian Bryon LaBeach, a member of the Jamaican relay team at the1952 Helsinki Olympics was presented with Living Legend Award.
n his remarks, President of the Jamaica Independence Gala Society, Mr. Stephon Mair, pointed to the importance of brand Jamaica. He said the gala was held in honor of Jamaicans within Diaspora who continuously promote Brand Jamaica.
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