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Jamaican Diaspora Mourns Passing of Hon. Herb McKenley, O.M. – “On Your Mark . . . Get Set . . . !”
July 10, 1922 – November 26, 2007
We have a lost legend – one of the world’s fastest humans. Father. Husband. World Class Athlete. Leader in Track & Field Adminstration. Calabar High School Old Boy. Patriot. Born in Pleasant Valley, Clarendon, Mr. McKenley was the winner of the gold medal in 4×400 m relay at the 1952 Summer Olympics and in 1947 was also the head of the list of world best times in 100 m (10.3), 200 m (20.4) and 400 m (46.2) in 1947. He is the only person to have ever done this feat. At the 1951 Pan-American Games, McKenley was third in 100 m, 200 m and 400 m, which is quite unique feat. After retiring from sports, Mr. McKenley was a coach of the Jamaican national team from 1954 to 1973 and served also as a president of Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association.
On Friday, January 4, 6:30-9pm, Judge Patrick Robinson who has authored the book ‘Jamaican Athletics…A Model For The World’ will be in Orlando for his book signing event being held at the beautiful Lexington Hotel in Downtown Orlando. The event will honor the life and legacy of the Hon. Herb McKenley. Proceeds of book sales ($5.00/) will contributed the Salvation Army Arthur Wint Basic School in Lucea, Jamaica. Sponsors include Lexington Hotel, Break Away Moments, and IVA Communications. For more information, contact Sandy Isaacs at (407) 272-7522 or [email protected]

Jamaican Diaspora Southern US Channels its Focus for 2008 – Strategic Planning Meeting – this Saturday, Dec. 8, 11am-2pm
Tomorrow, 11am, Jamaican Diaspora Southern US Regional Leadership and Working Group Chairs will meet at Holy Family Church in Miami Gardens to discuss goals for the first half of 2008. Issues to be discussed will include developing governance, issues/goals for Jamaican Diaspora conference and continued development of working groups in the areas of faith based initiatives, alumni associations, business linkages, public safety/disaster preparedness, health, education, culture, and youth/leadership development. This meeting is open to those interested in learning more about our continued community organizing effort. RSVP, 786-349-2584 or [email protected]

Upcoming Events of Note – Get Involved – Connect – Celebrate
Tuesday, December 4-9, 2007
Safety Zones: Art Basel/ Miami Exhibit
Featured Artists
Deborah Jack, Jean Chiang, John Cox, Erman, Danny Ramirez, Luisa Mesa, Gail Ruiz, Rodney Jackson, Tere Pastoriza, Holly Parotti, Natalia Vasquez, Natalia Schonowski & Aurora Molina, Carolina Vasquez, Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez, Gerardo Gonzalez-Quevedo,Ian Colon & William Thomas Porter, Alejandro Contreras, Lynn Parotti
countries featured: Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, St Maarten, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic Haiti, Venezuela and Columbia.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6 pm: special late hours during Art Basel.
Special Presentations
Caribbean Crossroads Breakfast Series daily Dec 5 -7 @ 9:am 11:am
featuring Curators, Writers, Journalist and DVG featured Artists
Artist Talk, Saturday, December 8, 2007, 2pm – 4pm
Location: 3938 N. Miami Avenue
Miami Design District
For more information, call 305.573.4046 or visit www.diasporavibe.net

Mother and Son Jamaican Art Exhibition
Lisa Narcisse & Sean Narcisse Spence
South Regional/Broward Community College
On display for the next month
7300 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
RSVP: 954-963-8555

Saturday, December 8th, 11am-2pm
Jamaican Diaspora Southern US
2008 Strategic Planning Meeting/Conference Call
Holy Family Episcopal Church
18501 NW 7th Avenue, Miami Gardens
Purpose: To set goals for Jan-June 2008
To RSVP: Call 786-349-2584 or email: [email protected]

Saturday, December 8, 2007, 8pm
The Mico Alumni Association of South Florida
Annual Christmas Party
The Church of Atonement Banquet Hall
4401 West Oakland Park Blvd
Admission: $25.00
Music by DJ Buywise
For tickets and further information, contact Errol Evans at 954 804-7200

Saturday, December 8, 2007, 9:30 p.m.
Montego Bay High School Alumnae Association of South Florida
Presents its
Annual Pre-Christmas Celebration
West Broward Hall
927 NW 178th Avenue, Pembroke Pines
(off Pines Blvd. & 178th Avenue North Side)
Admission: $35 Adv.; $40 at Door
For more information: 561-714-3441

Saturday, December 8, 2007, 7pm
Caribbean Bar Association
Annual Christmas Party
3295 SW 117th Avenue, Davie
Contribution: $25 w/o a toy; $20 with a toy
For more information, contact Sherylle Gordon, [email protected]
Or (954) 958-1584 or Cherine Smith, [email protected] or (954) 527-1115.

Saturday, December 8, 2007, 7pm
Caribbean Bar Association, Central Florida Chapter
2007 Annual Christmas Party
Rotary Club at the corner of Kirkman Road and Old Winter Garden Road
Admission: Unwrapped toy; $10

Sunday, December 9, 9am-5pm
Calabar High School Soccer Fun Day Tournament
‘Herb Mac’ Trophy
7910 NW 25th Street, Doral/Miami
For more information, call Mike at 954-298-8586

Saturday, December 15, 9pm
17th Annual Black & White Ball
Diamante’s Banquet Hall
6501 West Commercial Blvd., Tamarac
Advance Tickets: $65
Enjoy an evening of fine dining & dancing
Live Music by: Mighty Vikings Band
For ticket information call: 954-323-8466

Sunday, December 9, 2007 @ 5:30pm

The Georgia Supreme Cricket League Will Have an Awards Presentation For Top Performers At Footprints Restaurant And Lounge, 4185 Snapfinger Woods Drive, Lithonia, From 5.30-9.00pm On Sunday December 9th 2007. $15.00 At The Gate Music, Food, Fun 404 288 9440.
Sunday, December 9, 2007 @ 9pm

Integrity Children’s Fund- “Krismas Karols”; NcNair High School Auditorium. Featuring Judy Mowatt and Jon Williams. Call 678-318-1926 for tickets and info.

Saturday, December 15, 2007 @ 8pm
KC Old Boys’ Annual Scholarship Dance – Alpharetta Clubhouse; DJ Migraine; Call 404-421-0171 for tickets and info.

If your organization is hosting a public event (especially for the upcoming holidays), please forward at your earliest convenience confirmed details to CONNECT with the community at large. Please forward the attached to others in your family and community circle.

Marlon A. Hill, Esq.
Advisory Board Member
Jamaican Diaspora Southern United States
786-349-2584; 876-621-0102 (Jamaica) ● Facsimile: 786-551-0785
[email protected]

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Alan Alberga/Jason Walker (GA) * Wayne Golding (North/Central FL)
Junior Farquharson (Palm Beaches/Treasure Coast, FL)
Dale Holness (Broward County)
Jennifer Hue/Salomie Chung (Miami-Dade County)
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The Mission of the Jamaican Diaspora Southern US is to unite and galvanize all Jamaicans and Jamaican organizations, their talents, resources, and potential throughout the Southern United States for the benefit of their local communities and the future development and support of Jamaica

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