Toronto Celebrates Jamaica’s 50 Years of Independence

Toronto Celebrates Jamaica’s 50 Years of Independence

The past: On midnight, August 5, 1962, thousands of Jamaicans packed the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, to witness the final lowering of Britain’s Union Jack and the unfurling of the black, green and gold, signifying the birth of an independent Jamaica.  The pride experienced by Jamaicans on Independence Day, Monday, August 6, 1962, is being replicated 50 years later in 2012 as Jamaicans worldwide celebrate the golden anniversary of independence.

In Toronto, a group of Jamaicans – the Jamaica 50 Celebration Inc. Committee – under the patronage of the High Commissioner for Jamaica, Her Excellency Sheila Sealy Monteith, and Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Seth George Ramocan – has planned a series of festivals and events in the areas of visual, literary, performance and culinary arts to celebrate the island’s vibrant cultural heritage. Under the banner Jump for Jamaica, the year-long program will highlight the positive contributions Canadians of Jamaican heritage have made to Canada.

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