US institute to honour Caribbean American stalwarts

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) will present its annual Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards to nine Caribbean American stalwarts excelling in science, business, advocacy, technology and the arts on November 18 in Washington, DC.

Now in its 23rd year, the CARAH Awards celebrate the accomplishments of individuals of Caribbean American descent making outstanding contributions to American society and friends of the Caribbean community.

On Wednesday, the ICS said this year’s cadre of honourees demonstrate the diverse ways that people of Caribbean descent are shifting narratives in the United States and contributing their intellectual property, artistic talents and business acumen.

“Each year, we seek nominations and do a diligent search for individuals who are making a difference and raising the profile of the Caribbean American community,” said ICS’ Jamaican-born founder and president Dr Claire Nelson.

“This year’s group of honourees are a true testament to the many ways that Caribbean American people continue to contribute and leave their mark on the American landscape. We are honoured that we can highlight these individuals and their extraordinary accomplishments.”

Nelson said the 2016 CARAH honourees include:

Gabriel Abed — the owner and founder of BitEdge is considered the leader and authority in digital currency and security within the Caribbean;

Dr Gerard Alphonse — inventor and electrical engineer who will receive the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award;

Ambassador Edward Greene who is an internationally renowned advocate for HIV/AIDS, will accept the Award for Outstanding Public Service;

Goulda Downer — an associate professor at the College of Medicine at Howard University, Dr Downer had been instrumental at increasing awareness and reducing stigma against people with HIV/AIDS. To reduce stigma within the clinical community, Dr Downer worked with institutional partners to develop and launch the National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day. She also contributed to the development of the nation’s first HIV strategic plan. Dr Downer will receive the Award for Outstanding Contributions in Public Health;

Machel Montano — the “King of Soca,” will receive the Luminary Award;

Victoria Rowell who is best known for her role on “The Young and the Restless” will accept the Trailblazer Award and Don Wehby — Group Chief Executive Officer of GraceKennedy Limited, will receive the Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award

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