September 2022 Volume 18

Atlanta Old Boys Celebrate Jamaica 60th Anniversary

Staff reporter KC Times
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Members of the Atlanta chapter kicked off celebrations for Jamaica’s 60 th anniversary of independence with the Old Boy founded and produced Jamaica International Independence Foreign Song Competition (JIIFSC) on July 30th, 2022.

Seven finalists vied for the top prize at the event gala held at the Shiloh High School auditorium in Snellville, GA.

Next on the calendar was the Annual Kool Runnings restaurant independence Street dance on August 6th.

The annual thanksgiving service was held on Sunday, August 14th at the world-famous Ebenezer Baptist Church of civil rights fame. Atlanta’s chapter president Alvin Binns was joined by Sedley Morris, Seymour Edwards, Everett McNish and Davian Tyrell at the service which featured Old Boy Rev. Canon Serrano Kitson, Rector of the St Andrew Parish Church as main speaker and special guest Sen. The Hon. Leslie Campbell, State Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade

The highlight of 60th Anniversary celebrations was the Atlanta Jamaican Association’s (AJA) Annual Independence Ball and Scholarship Awards Gala held at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway hotel on Saturday August 13th.

The ball featured Member of Parliament for southeast St. Ann and former Miss World and Miss Jamaica, Lisa Hanna as guest speaker. Oliver Mair the Miami Consul General was a special guest at the gala which provided music by the Fab 5 band.

AJA President Rev. Dr. Maxine Osbourne Foster provided the president’s remarks while Dr. Terrence Foster presented the MP with a copy of his award-winning book, The Stress Book. Commissioner Maxwell Chambers presented a proclamation on behalf of the city of Miramar.

Several KC Old boys including world renown sculptor Basil Watson, former chapter president Dr. Glen Laman, Founder of the Jamaica International Independence Foreign Song Competition Garfield McCook and chapter member Alwyn Morrison were in attendance.

The event was emceed by local TV personality Sharon Lawson and Dr. Chris Parker with Mickey Sparkle serving as DJ.

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