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News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Aug. 3, 2012: U.S. President Barack Obama will send a Presidential delegation to Kingston, Jamaica this weekend as the country marks its 50th year of independence from Britain.

Obama on Thursday announced that General Colin L. Powell, a former U.S. Secretary of State, will lead the delegation to represent the U.S.
Others joining him will be Jamaican American Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke and U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, Pamela Bridgewater.

Jamaica will officially celebrate its independence on August 6, 2012.

Here in the U.S., many Jamaican organizations will also mark the say with a range of activities including literary performances, art exhibitions, outdoor festivals, galas, reggae concerts, and church services in honor of the destination’s heritage.

“We can’t help but be proud of the historical triumphs that have helped shape our cultural landscape,” said John Lynch, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Through Jamaica 50 events, Diaspora communities across the world are showcasing Jamaica’s history through the various forms of cultural expression that have united our people. We encourage Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica to join us in these celebrations, on island and overseas.”

For a complete listing of Jamaica 50 events in the U.S., contact the local Jamaican Consulate in your area.

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