Diaspora representatives Dr. Rupert Francis (west/midwest), Wayne Golding (southeast) and Akelia Maitland (northeast) will host the event. According to organizers, the “need for a leadership summit came out of the recognition that sources and conduits for our Jamaican diaspora community in the United States are lacking in cohesiveness and are in dire need for Jamaicans as a group to be involved in the critical efforts targeted at shaping policy where we live, on several levels.
“Often times our focus is on what is happening in our homeland of Jamaica while it remains clear that as Jamaican diasporans we are not organized enough where we live to exercise any significant power of influence over our future here,” a press release issued by the organization added. “This unified leadership summit serves as a kick-off event towards creating a process for a singular action that can be taken towards a diaspora development plan that will have the widest and
most sustainable impact.
“This will ultimately determine our success as a group in this country.” The summit’s itinerary includes a reception on Nov. 16, Summit Day, Nov. 17, and interfaith service on Nov. 18.
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