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The Jamaican Diaspora Southern United States proudly presents “Shaping Our Future: One Aim, One Destiny.”

This free, one day Jamaica Youth Forum, geared toward South Florida high school and college students, seeks to enlighten and engage our young leaders in discussion relevant to their success in the U.S. and abroad. Registration is free and is now available online at

The Forum will be held at the University of Miami on Saturday, April 12, from at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s events will be streamed LIVE on the internet and will be broadcasted at

Engaging forum discussion topics include Making an Impact, Building Relationships, and Cultural Identity and a dynamic welcome address will be provided by Mr. Ricardo Allicock, Consul General of Jamaica, and Attorney Marlon Hill.

“As an immigrant community adjusting to life in the United States, we face unique challenges and issues. This Forum is intended to expose these issues not only for the young people, but also for the parents and caregivers. Technology will help to broaden the conversation to a wider audience in the Diaspora,” stated Marlon Hill, Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the Southern United States.

Noted panelists will include Dr. Lloyd Cohen, President of the Jamaican Association of Miami-Dade Educators, David Mullings, Co-Chair of Jamaica Youth Forum and CEO of Realvibez Media, Dr. Percy Ricketts, Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Scott Hamilton, FIU Student advisor and mentor, and Kelliann McDonald, founder of the Jamaican-American Student Association (JAMSA) at the University of Florida.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided courtesy of community partners such as Jamaica National, Dr. Jarrett’s Wellness Center, and Western Union/Grace Kennedy.

“We are now in full immersion of an internet generation. We have a great opportunity to share this conversation on important issues both here in the United States and abroad. We welcome all interested parties to register online and attend the Forum,” added Mr. Mullings.

All interested parties are invited to contact the host committee at, or visit to register online.

ABOUT THE DIASPORA: The Jamaican Diaspora includes all Jamaican nationals and persons of Jamaican heritage, their family and friends, who reside overseas around the world, including the Southern United States. The Jamaican Diaspora Movement is a historic opportunity to unite and galvanize all Jamaicans, their talents, resources, and potential throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and around the world for the benefit of their local communities and the future development and support of Jamaica.

For more information on the Jamaican Diaspora Southern United States – Call: (786)349-2584 in the U.S. ● (876) 621-0102 in Jamaica ● Facsimile: (786) 551-0785 or Email:


Former Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson to be honored at Caribbean American Heritage celebration in Northern California

Oakland, CA –The Northern California Caribbean American Heritage Month Committee and the Kerosene Lamp Foundation will host the second annual Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration at the City Hall Rotunda on June 10th at 3 p.m. The Most Honorable P. J. Patterson, ON, PC, QC, recently retired Prime Minister of Jamaica will deliver the keynote address: “Caribbean American Global Leadership: Our Time, Our Vision, Our Role” and in tribute will be presented with the Caribbean American Legacy Award.

In 2006 the White House signed legislation championed by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) designating June as national Caribbean American Heritage month. Lee proclaimed “Their history is interwoven with ours and should be recognized and celebrated.”

Percival Noel James Patterson affectionately known as “PJ” is suitably qualified to be honored given his commitment, work and impact in the Caribbean region. He served as Head of Government of Jamaica for fourteen unbroken years or four consecutive terms, an unprecedented record in Jamaican electoral history, before retiring from active politics in March 2006. He remains the most enduring and successful democratically elected global leader who is of the African Diaspora and specifically emerges from the Caribbean.

He served as chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for four terms and lead the Regional Body toward the enrichment of the Caribbean jurisprudence through the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice.
He was instrumental in establishing the mechanisms that resulted in the evolution of the Caribbean Free Trade Area into CARICOM; And in the crafting of the Grande Anse Declaration which established the framework for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.
He chaired the CARICOM Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Negotiations since its inception and is credited for developing a unified negotiating position of CARICOM countries in the International arena.
He served as Chair of the Group of 15 developing nations (G-15), Group of 77 & China (G77)

Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations will be held all across the country. The Northern California Celebration will be held at the Rotunda Building at City Hall, 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, California 94612 on Sunday, June 10, 2007, 3:00 – 6:00 pm. The reception promises to be an intimate evening celebrating local, national and international individuals with special Legacy Awards to Congresswoman Barbara Lee, The Most Honorable PJ Patterson and Dr. Claire Nelson. Local community awards will also be given to Val Serrant and Jackie Artman and tributes will be paid to Shirley Chisholm and other notable leaders. This event is sponsored by CBTV1, Jumbi Productions, Beaumont and Associates and the Jamaica Association of Northern Calfornia.

For more information contact: Shorron Levy @ (510) 382-1400, or Darrin Thurman @ (510) 910-4038,