The annual premier Washington D.C. fundraising event of the David 'Wagga' Hunt Scholarship Foundation, (DWHF): The “Jamaica David 'Wagga' Hunt Annual Red Carpet Ball,” will be held virtually this year on Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 7:00 PM and will be streamed live on YouTube to a global audience.
The Red Carpet Ball joins a long list of events which have moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be held under the Distinguished Patronages of Jamaica's Ambassador to the USA, Her Excellency, Audrey P. Marks, and Principals Dave Myrie and Albert Corcho of Kingston College and Calabar High School, respectively.
Yasmin Mullings, a Jamaican-born prosecutor who served in Minnesota’s Ramsey County Attorney’s Office as a strong advocate for victims of sexual assault, has passed away at age 56.
Mullings and her family migrated from Jamaica to New York when she was 12 years old. She attended Tuskegee University in Alabama for her undergraduate education and then Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University.
After she passed the New York state bar exam, she went on to hold positions at the Legal Aid Society and the Suffolk County Attorney’s Office in New York. She joined the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office in 2003, where she became an assistant Ramsey County attorney mainly specializing in sexual assault cases, as well as domestic violence and sex trafficking cases.
An 18-foot-tall bronze sculpture of Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. titled ‘Hope Moves Forward’ was unveiled in Atlanta on Thursday, January 14, at the intersection of Northside Drive and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, across from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The statue was created by world-renowned Jamaican-born sculptor and artist, Basil Watson, who was commissioned by the City of Atlanta in 2018 for the project after being selected from a pool of 80 applicants.
On January 4, 2021, the Town of East Hartford and the East Hartford Police Department welcomed Jamaican-born Officer Richard Henry, 41, as one of three new police officers at a ceremony held outside the East Hartford Public Safety Complex.
Officer Henry most recently worked for the New York City Police Department as a Traffic Agent and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of West Indies in Public Sector Management. He was a Police Officer in Jamaica before migrating to the United States.
Jamaican-American Kristen Clarke nominated for Assistant Attorney General in Civil Rights Division of the DOJ
Jamaican American civil rights lawyer, Kristen Clarke, has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Department of Justice.