Reggae singer Maxi Priest honoured by the Institute of Caribbean Studies

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maxi-priest-ics-award-ceremony-official-op-photo.jpgThree Jamaicans are among eight outstanding Caribbean Americans honoured by the Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) for contribution to the American society in various fields.

They are: international Reggae Artiste Maxi Priest, who received the Luminary award for his outstanding contribution to Reggae music; Forensic Document Examiner, Beverley East, received the Forerunner award for her expertise and work in document forensics; and Graphic Designer Michael Thompson, who was presented with the Outstanding Community Service award for pioneering the International Reggae Poster contest.

The presentations were made at the 22nd Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington on Friday

Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States, Ralph Thomas, in his remarks, lauded the awardees who, he said, have demonstrated excellence in their various fields. He had special commendations for the Jamaicans, noting that they are ambassadors in their own right, who continue to fly Jamaica's flag high.

"For this awards ceremony to be celebrating 22 years is a testimony to the high esteem in which the ICS is held. It also demonstrates the determination of the institute to bestow recognition upon members of the Caribbean community in the United States," he said.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Maxi Priest expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the ICS for considering and ultimately awarding him for the 2015 Luminary Award.

"I truly have to give a very BIG THANK YOU to the Caribbean American Heritage Awards, for bestowing upon me with [the] 2015 Luminary Award. It was truly an honour and a pleasure to be amongst all of the great honourees. It truly touches my heart the way you show your appreciation for all of our journeys...I accept this award on behalf of all those who came before me. I travel this road with the greatest respect and appreciation, for the heroes, icons, and legends that created it. I only hope that I have helped to create an extension to this road, for those that come after. Once again, thank you all for giving me this award, and thank you for inviting me to share this memorable experience with you."

The other persons honoured were musician Glendon Henderson who received the Trailblazer Award; Dr Brenda Hutchinson, the Excellence in Medicine award; Lt Colonel Shawna Kimbrell, the Vanguard award for her contribution in the field of aviation; Magdalah Silva, the Outstanding Entrepreneur award; while the Outstanding Public Service award went to Miguel Southwell also in the field of aviation.