National Library of Jamaica to Collaborate with the Black Cultural Archives in the United Kingdom

The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has welcomed cultural cooperation initiatives now under negotiation between the National Library of Jamaica and the Black Cultural Archives of the United Kingdom (UK).

The Black Cultural Archives is a national institution dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of diverse peoples of African and Caribbean descent in the UK.

Miss Joy Douglas, Chairman of the Board of Management, National Library of Jamaica, today updated Miss Grange on the status of the discussions as well as the outcomes of her recent tour of the collection of the Black Cultural Archives located at Windrush Square, Brixton, England.

Miss Douglas told Minister Grange that the cooperation would focus on highlighting the role of Jamaicans in World Wars I and II, the contributions of the Jamaican community in building the health sector of the United Kingdom, with particular focus on the contribution of Mary Seacole; and the community based organisations in the UK that work with the Jamaican Diaspora and communities in Jamaica.

During the briefing, Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Seth George Ramocan, made a presentation of the book, Remembered in Memoriam, An Anthology of African and Caribbean Experiences WWI and WWII to Minister Grange.

The two million servicemen and women from Africa and the Caribbean who served alongside the forces of the British Commonwealth and her allies during the two world wars is the subject of the book.

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