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Reggae music icon Rita Marley, the widow of the late King of Reggae Bob Marley, yesterday received the Institute of Caribbean Studies’ (ICS) 2010 Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award was presented to her at the ICS 17th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington D.C.

President and Founder of ICS, Dr. Claire Nelson said prior to the award, “Rita Marley is the perfect recipient for the award this year. She told JIS news that the award recognizes persons who, unselfishly, advocate to empower and uplift people of Caribbean and African descent.”

Dr. Nelson said that throughout the life of Rita Marley, her music and actions have demonstrated an unconditional will to help lift the image of Africa on the global stage, while assisting Jamaicans.

The Marcus Garvey Lifetime Award is presented annually, by the ICS, to an individual or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to the principles of human empowerment of the people of African descent. Since its inception, recipients have included Reggae superstar, Jimmy Cliff; Trinidad and Tobago’s Calypso star, Slinger Francisco (The Mighty Sparrow); and Frederick “Toots” Hibberts of Toots and the Maytals fame.

Last year, the ICS conferred the Vanguard Award on world and Olympic champion sprinter, Usain Bolt.

The gala follows a one-day symposium, Invest Caribbean 2010, focused on emerging markets in the Caribbean. Under the theme, ‘Emerging Opportunities in the Green Economy’, the Invest Caribbean 2010 forum will highlight business opportunities in the Caribbean, and feature as speakers US and Caribbean government officials, policy makers and private sector leaders.

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