Assemblyman, Congresswoman from USA pledge support as Jamaican Anniversary Magazine launched – Rawle Nelson Update
Assemblyman Nick Perry and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke reiterated their support and determination to lend assistance to community oriented projects and programmes. These commitments were made at the launching ceremony of the Reflection on Jamaica’s 50 Anniversary by Reverend Peter Allen. The magazine which was launched at the Maranatha Baptist Church launch weekend was well attended as a wide cross section of Jamaicans living in the United States of America was in attendance.
The magazine which was written by the Jamaican cleric sought to highlight the achievements and growth of Jamaica over the past 50 year’s since gaining its political independence from Great Britain.
Assemblyman Nick Perry speaking at the gala dinner and launch pointed out his office readily supported the magazine as it recognizes the importance that such a magazine will play in both educating and informing persons on the country’s past. He was strong in praise for the magazine’s author, Reverend Allen stressing that it was well written which is said is a testimony of the qualities and skills that his fellowmen countrymen and women poses.
“This was a very well written magazine and I am happy to be commending reverend Allen for such an initiative as it will help in further educating and informing the public on Jamaica,” the Assemblyman said. He said that his office stands ready and willing to be associated with events ad activities like these stressing that it helps to further empower and develop the people of Jamaica and those living in the United States of America. He disclosed that Reverend Allen should be highly commended and congratulated for pursuing such an initiative noting that he is very impressed with the quality of the magazine and the issues that it sought to highlight and address.
Perry pointed out that he and his office jumped on board after Reverend Allen revealed his plans to have such a magazine published. “I must express my satisfaction for a well job done and I would like Reverend Allen to know that my office and I are ready to continue the already great relationship that exists between us as this magazine further demonstrates the Reverend’s commitment to holistic growth and development for the country of his birth.”
“This is an excellent magazine as I must stress that it properly chronicled development of this small but very great country and therefore I urge every Jamaican or friend of Jamaica to secure a copy of Reflections on Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary,” he added.
Assemblyman Perry said that he is very proud to be a Jamaican pointing out that Reverend Allen’s selection of topics, issues and events were well thought out thus making the magazine a must read book.
“This is a very important magazine and its timing is equally perfect as our country celebrates its 50th Anniversary of gaining political independence. I am very proud of the work done by Reverend Allen and therefore would like to use this forum to register my congratulations and best wishes,” Assemblyman Perry declared.
Assemblyman Perry also issued an appeal to other religious leaders urging tem to emulate the actions of reverend Allen in executing similar initiatives and projects. “I urge other religious leaders to build on what Reverend Allen has started. He sought to educate and inform the public on the very rich history of his country and therefore I would like to see more religious leaders emulating Reverend Allen’s actions.”
Adding their voice of commitment, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke echoed similar sentiments noting that the magazine is a testimony of the rich history of the people of Jamaica. She pointed out that her office stands ready and willing to provide whatever assistance is need in helping with growth and development.
The outspoken Congresswoman said that she recognizes the importance that such a magazine will help in aiding further growth and development of Jamaica. The congresswoman said that she is aware that there are many significant challenges that one would face in attempting to execute such a project. She noted while finances and other resources can be scarce, her office is willing to provide whatever help and assistance in ensuring the successful execution of projects like these.
The congresswoman noted that Reverend Allen should be commended for an excellent display of his writing skills and ability to chronicle events and history. She said that she would like to reiterate her willingness and readiness to provide support adding that the magazine serves a very important purpose in the dissemination of the historical past and process of Jamaica. She urged Jamaicans at home or abroad to secure a copy of the magazine stressing that it would serve in enhancing their knowledge about the country which is home for many of them.
Congresswoman Clarke further stressed that she would like to congratulate Reverend Allen urging him to continue producing and publishing other important materials like these adding that it would help in reducing some of the stigma and myths that many have about Jamaica and Jamaicans.
Meanwhile, Reverend Allen acknowledged that while it is the first magazine he has published he intends to continue publishing similar and other magazines and books. He said that he intends to use his writing ability to educate, sensitize and inform noting that as a man of God his responsibilities are clear in terms of winning souls for Christ.
“This is my first published magazine but I intend to do more and I am very grateful and thankful for the sentiments expressed not only by Assemblyman Nick Perry and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke but the many others who felt that it was a well done job,” the Reverend said.
Reverend Allen said that he has worked on the magazine as he wanted it to be specific towards Jamaica celebrating its 50h anniversary. He revealed that the idea to write the magazine came after he recognized that while a number of events and activities were being planned they were geared secularly thus he felt the importance of having a Christian reflection on the past 50 years of the country of his birth.
“We as a country cannot celebrate 50 years of independence without reflecting and recognizing the enormous blessings that God has bestowed upon us as a country and people and it is with this in mind that I ventured into doing this project,” Reverend Peter Allen declared.